FROM John Fialka
The Missing Issues in the Presidential Campaign If you're frustrated by the limited number of issues in this year's presidential campaign, you are not alone. For the first time since the election of 1988, the issue of climate change was not raised in any of this year's presidential or vice presidential debates. Do voters know what either candidate wants to do about climate change, Mexico's drug wars, the Eurozone or gun control? Are increasingly polarized voters making their choices on party lines, without knowing where their own candidates really stand? Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 You can see all of our national campaign coverage at KCRW.com/election2012 .
The Missing Issues in the Presidential Campaign No campaign has ever touched on all the important issues, but who decides what's worth discussing and when? For the first time since the election of 1988, the issue of climate change – a subject even the Pentagon says could be crucial to America's future -- was not raised in any of this year's presidential or vice presidential debates Both presidential candidates are being accused of "climate silence." Drug wars, just across the Mexican border, have killed 60,000 people, twice the number in Syria's civil war. What about the Eurozone and gun control? Do the media provide all the ideas? Are the candidates trapped by partisan polarization? We hear a range of opinions.
Climate Change: Is the US Fiddling while It Burns? Record-high temperatures were recorded in at least 168 US cities yesterday, and today is expected to get even hotter. Over 130 million Americans are living under excessive heat warnings. That crippling heat wave may or may not be attributable to global warming but, in the past month, a series of reports predict global climate change will have profound consequences for people's livelihoods, health and security. What does the latest data tell us? What effects are we experiencing now and what can we expect in the near future? Perhaps, most importantly, how can we deal wisely with the growing threat of climate change in a time of partisan political gridlock and economic distress?
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.
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?
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?
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.