FROM Jared Yates Sexton
The Trump National Convention in Cleveland Against a background of police killings, terrorism and an attempted coup in Turkey, Republicans are gathered in Cleveland to nominate Donald Trump. It's begun as a convention unlike any other, with some delegates still determined to prevent Trump's victory and 48 protest groups on the streets outside. Ohio's "open carry" law has added a new kind of uncertainty. For various different reasons, many of the Party's most familiar figures won't be attending. The official message this week is "law and order," for an event where dis-order may be more the rule than the exception.
Donald Trump and a Divided America Negative ratings for Donald Trump are off the chart, but he beat 16 other Republicans to become the Party's presumptive presidential nominee. Reporters and fact checkers say much of what he says isn't true, but do his supporters really care what he's saying? Theories of what constitutes Trump Nation include anxiety about the global economy, demographic change, a sense of political betrayal and racism. We hear what it's like at Trump rallies across the country and get different theories about how he's struck a chord with millions of Americans. Whether he wins or loses, what does it mean for the nation…now and in the future? NOTE: Today's interview with Trump supporters were gathered by our public radio partners, KERA in Texas and KQED in San Francisco.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?