FROM Kweisi Mfume
Has the Convention Produced 'The Message?' The massive security presence outside the Pepsi Center just vanished overnight, as the Democrats have moved on to Invesco Field. That's the football stadium where Barack Obama will address the convention delegates tonight plus tens of thousands of people who bought tickets. Did Bill Clinton's fiery endorsement finally bring the party together? Did he and Joe Biden define the themes of Obama's campaign? What are the challenges facing the first African-American nominee of a major political party?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.