FROM Jon Ralston
Looking Ahead to Nevada The next Democratic presidential vote will take place eight days from now in Nevada. It doesn’t have a lot of delegates, but it is considered a crucial test of who will do better in bigger states. Nevada is much more diverse than Iowa and New Hampshire. So how are the candidates expected to do?
Nevada’s High Political Stakes of Immigration Reform President Obama has scheduled a prime-time address to the nation tomorrow night to explain an executive order on immigration reform. On Friday he’ll travel to Las Vegas, the home of Senator Harry Reid. The Nevada Democrat has questioned Republicans’ motive for not acting. ”Republican presidents going back to Dwight Eisenhower have used executive action to fix immigration, so why would this be such an issue with the Republicans. They’re looking for an excuse, an excuse not to help people who are so deserving.” John Ralston writes for RalstonReports.com and Politico. Special thanks to Sasa Woodruff for production assistance.
Who Is Sheldon Adelson and Is He behind Gingrich's Rise? After Newt Gingrich 's big win in South Carolina , polls showed him neck and neck with Mitt Romney in Florida. Commentators agree that Romney was the aggressor in last night's debate and Gingrich almost passive compared to past performances. If Romney can win Florida, establishment Republicans will be very relieved. But Gingrich supporters will air a blitz of TV-commercials before Tuesday's primary. It's financed by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson , who's contributed $10 million to Gingrich's Super PAC. Has last night's debate role-reversal made a difference? Who is Sheldon Adelson, and is he making Republicans more hawkish in defense of Israel?
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
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.