FROM Eleanor Clift
A Contradiction in Feminism? A Look Back at Nancy Reagan's Life Nancy Reagan — the First Lady at the height of the feminist movement -- died yesterday at the age of 94. She was famous for her adoring stare at the Hollywood actor who became Governor of California and then President of the United States. Writing for Newsweek, Eleanor Clift thought she was out of step with the women’s movement, but she had to change her assessment. Clift now covers politics for the Daily Beast . President Reagan being sworn in for second term during the private ceremony held at the White House 1985 Today’s Time magazine contains an article titled, “ Nancy Reagan’s Surprising Feminist Gift to Hillary Clinton .” The author is Gil Troy, professor of History at McGill University…
The Democrats' Future on Display at First Debate This year's televised debates have produced some unlikely front-runners for the Republican presidential nomination. Now, it's finally the Democrats' turn. On stage with Bernie Sanders , Jim Webb , Martin O'Malley and Lincoln Chafee , can Hillary Clinton nail it down or will tomorrow's event be the start of another political marathon?
Midterm Elections Bring Big Changes On the day after Democrats won control of the Congress, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld steps down ; Former CIA Director Robert Gates is named to replace him. Nancy Pelosi will be the new House Speaker , but the Senate majority may not be known before Christmas. President Bush and Speaker-elect Pelosi pledge bi-partisanship, but what about their differences on the war in Iraq? Just who is Nancy Pelosi and what are the prospects for divided government? Will there be re-counts for Senate seats in Virginia -- where Republican Senator George Allen is trailing Democrat James Webb -- and Montana -- where Republican Senator Conrad Burns appears to have lost his seat to Democrat John Tester ? Whatever happened to “the permanent Republican majority?” Can Democrats maintain power without the South?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?