FROM Jill Filipovic
Republican Debate Roundup The first Republican Presidential debate raised more questions than it answered. Did he really say that? What did he mean? Do those two hate each other as much as it seems? And the main question: What is happening in the Republican Party? One thing is clear - the debate was a ratings bonanza. According to Nielsen, 24 million people tuned in, making it the most watched primary debate ever.
A Feminist Response to Caitlyn Jenner Since Caitlyn Jenner made her public debut on the cover of Vanity Fair last week, she’s been hailed as a hero and also criticized, for everything from her ultra-feminine look to her reality TV deal. Some of the sharpest criticism is coming from feminists. On Sunday, the New York Times published a controversial op-ed titled “What Makes a Woman?” which has been on the most emailed list for days. In it, journalist and former women’s studies professor Elinor Burkett says Jenner’s definition of womanhood undermines decades of feminist gains. The piece has sparked as much outrage as praise among other feminists online. We hear from the author and another feminist writer with a different experience.
Sofia Vergara, Nick Loeb, and the New York Times Should frozen embryos be given a shot at life? A much talked-about op-ed in the New York Times today argues yes. The piece is by a wealthy businessman named Nick Loeb, former fiancé of actress Sofia Vergara. He and Vergara froze several embryos, but stipulated that they would not be implanted without the consent of both parties. Vergara broke off their engagement last year, and now Loeb argues that their agreement should be nullified. But in addition to taking issue with his arguments, critics are attacking the New York Times for running the piece at all. We check in on the controversy.
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?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.