FROM John Baer
Rick Santorum Pulls Ahead of the Republican Pack With more than four national polls showing Rick Santorum now tied with Mitt Romney among Republicans, the next showdowns will be Michigan and Arizona later this month, followed closely by ten states on Super Tuesday, March 6. Can he overcome Romney's huge advantage in money and organization as voters learn more about Santorum's record, his stands on issues and his personality? Can he shift from his emphasis on cultural issues to the economy?
Can Rick Santorum Go the Distance? Polls by Gallup , Pew and the New York Times show Rick Santorum virtually tied with Mitt Romney among Republican voters. He has big leads among Tea Partiers and evangelicals in the Midwest, with Romney doing better in the West and the Northeast. As the race moves to Michigan -- a victim of the recession – and Arizona later this month, followed closely by ten states on Super Tuesday (March 6), can Santorum shift from the cultural wars and talk the blue-collar talk about the economy? Can Romney overcome his famous advice to " let Detroit go bankrupt " and swamp Santorum with negative ads? Does Santorum have the resources to maintain his position?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?