FROM Katharine 'Kit' Seelye
'Waitress Moms,' 'Walmart Moms' and Undecided Voters Both parties agree that the 2012 presidential election is going down to the wire. President Obama and Mitt Romney are dashing from swing state to swing state in pursuit of this year's last undecided voters. Polls show they are women — predominantly white, non-college educated, working women who are the fastest growing part of a changing workforce — not the "soccer moms" of the prosperous 1990's. Obama accuses Romney of conducting "a war on women," but they've been moving in Romney's direction since after the first debate. Are they more concerned about abortion and contraception or the economy? How does "micro-targeting" help the candidates speak to the different needs of different women?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
"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."
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.