FROM Jonathan Martin
Democratic Official Receives Death Threats Over Delegates The chairwoman of the Nevada Democratic Party received more than a thousand angry phone calls and texts since the state’s Democratic convention over the weekend. Roberta Lange led the convention to assign delegates to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and she’s now being inundated by furious Bernie Sanders supporters who say that some of their delegates were unfairly excluded and that the convention is an example of how the system is rigged in favor of establishment candidates. We’ve heard a lot this political season about the anger and infighting among Republicans. Is there as much vitriol on the left?
Results Are In and It's Time for Reading Political Tea Leaves Yesterday in New Jersey, Republican Governor Chris Christie won a massive victory, including the votes of traditional Democrats. In Virginia, Democrat Terry McCauliffe was barely elected Governor, but that made political history in a presidential swing state. In Alabama, Bradley Byrne and mainstream GOP money defeated Tea Party candidate Dean Young in a Republican congressional primary. In New York City, Bill de Blasio became the first Democrat elected Mayor of that liberal city in more than two decades. The elections produced some evidence of political change and a lot of speculation. What are the lessons for both parties and the potential consequences for the Obama agenda?
From New Hampshire, It's on to South Carolina and Florida New Hampshire Republicans had just 12 delegates to give in yesterday's primary. Mitt Romney got seven; Ron Paul took three and Jon Huntsman got the remaining two. Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum were shut out, and Rick Perry wasn't even campaigning. But, in less than two weeks, they'll be waiting in South Carolina, where Gingrich, Perry, Santorum and Paul are ready to give Romney trouble. Meanwhile, Republican power brokers and fundraisers are beginning to talk Party Unity.
Next Up: South Carolina New Hampshire Republicans had just 12 delegates to give in yesterday's primary . Mitt Romney , who got seven, clobbered Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum , who were shut out. Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman split the remaining five, and Rick Perry wasn't even campaigning. South Carolina could be a very different story, with allegations of closet liberalism, attacks on Bain Capital and Perry as part of the mix. But the anti-Romney forces are deeply divided, and GOP stalwarts — fundraisers and even Rush Limbaugh — don't like what sounds like anti-business rhetoric. Can Perry, Santorum, Gringrich or Paul become the anti-Romney conservative they think Republicans are looking for?
McCain Speech Makes Nuclear Policy a Campaign Issue At the University of Denver, in what his campaign billed as a major foreign policy speech, John McCain today addressed an issue with few good options: nuclear development in Iran and North Korea . Jonathan Martin is senior political reporter for Politico.com .
The Republican Debate and the Mad Dash to Tsunami Tuesday John McCain went into last night's debate as the Republican front-runner against Mitt Romney , with Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul standing by. Before tonight's Democratic debate , Hillary Clinton 's lead over Barack Obama appears to be slipping. McCain and Romney are competing to lead a party now sharply divided between moderates and conservatives. Are Obama and Clinton different enough to expose gulfs between Democrats? Will this week's debates make a difference? What's at stake next week when Super Tuesday creates the equivalent of national campaigns for both parties? Correction: We quoted Bill Clinton as saying in a speech, "We just have to slow down our economy and cut back our greenhouse gas emissions ‘cause we have to save the planet for our grandchildren." Although he did say that, he went on to explain at length why slowing down the economy would not be a good idea. Warren, who did not know the full context, apologizes and thanks listeners for pointing out his mistake.
Rudy Giuliani and Religious Conservatives With the latest campaign fundraising report s, Hillary Clinton looks stronger than ever as the choice of the Democrats. That creates an agonizing dilemma for some Christian conservatives, because Rudy Giuliani still leads on the Republican side. Faced with the former New York Mayor's messy personal life and liberal record on gay rights, immigration and a woman's right to abortion, leaders of the religious right are talking about a third party--which might guarantee Senator Clinton's victory. Does this mean a major opportunity for Giuliani's major opponents in next year’s primaries? Is the religious right losing its clout in the Republican Party?
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.