FROM Kevin Baker
Why Don't the National Candidates Campaign in the Cities? Tonight's vice presidential debate will dramatize a political pattern that doesn't get much attention: the parties have not contested the cities for years. Paul Ryan epitomizes the ideal of “small-town conservatism,” while Joe Biden comes from hard-scrabble, blue-collar Scranton, Pennsylvania. Has the national GOP given up on the cities? Is there good reason, since the suburbs are where populations are growing? What about those few big-city Republican Mayors? Does their success indicate that their party is missing what could be a decisive contingent of voters? Are you watching tonight's debate? Join To the Point's live chat on our election page. Read along as TtP and special guests Rachel Hastings, W. Kamau Bell, Ted Johnson, Joshua Trevino and others weigh in with their opinions Follow along at KCRW.com/election/2012 . Have something to add? Tweet your own thoughts with the #KCRW hashtag.
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."