FROM Joe Klein
Is Mitt Romney a Winner or a Survivor? Mitt Romney won Arizona big time in yesterday's voting, but he took his home state by only three points — and the final count may show that Rick Santorum won an equal number of delegates. Now it's on to caucuses in Washington State on Sunday -- and 10 states on Super Tuesday next week — with more delegates at stake than the total number in contests so far.
Is Mitt Romney a Winner or a Survivor? The Detroit News says, Romney's front-runner status has been "restored." The American Spectator says, "The front runner is bleeding." Mitt Romney won Arizona big time in yesterday's voting, but he took his home state by only three points and the final count may show that Rick Santorum won an equal number of delegates. Now it's on to caucuses in Washington State on Sunday -- and 10 states on Super Tuesday next week -- with more delegates at stake than the total number in contests so far. Did Romney win or did he escape a home-state defeat that could have meant curtains? Does he have the momentum to get by Santorum in Ohio and Newt Gingrich in Georgia? As the process drags on, will it lead to a winner, as it did for the Democrats four years ago, or is the GOP flirting with political disaster?
After Months of Campaigning, What More Do We Know? Four days before a potentially game-changing election, voters have been inundated with TV commercials that simplify, and often distort, some painful realities. The economy is barely creeping along, there's a sense that President Obama's agenda has failed, and Democrats are not defending it in their campaigns. Republicans are long on attacks but short on persuasive alternatives, so both parties are courting the Independents who will decide next week's elections. With the nation facing challenges of mind-boggling complexity, TV commercials simplify more than ever and their rates of accuracy are falling fast. With another rally ready to form up on the Washington Mall, we get several assessments of this year's campaigns.
The WikiLeak Leak and the War in Afghanistan A group called WikiLeaks has released some 92,000 classified military reports about the war in Afghanistan, and they're now the subject of lengthy articles in the New York Times , Britain's Guardian and Germany's Der Spiegel . The White House says there's nothing much new in the document dump, and the papers claim they've not disclosed anything that would jeopardize individuals or operations. What's been revealed? What are the possible consequences? Joe Klein is Washington columnist for Time magazine.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.