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?
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?
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.
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.