FROM Marc Caputo
Disasters don't discriminate but relief efforts do Congress is spending many billions of dollars to clean up after Harvey and Irma. Survivors will be lucky if the money lasts more than a month. That's according to a former head of FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. We survey the damage in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Florida. We find out what federal and local officials can learn from Cuba. And we hear how Houston exemplifies the disproportionate impacts of natural disasters on poor and minority neighborhoods.
Is Marco Rubio the New Face of the Old GOP? In 1998, Marco Rubio was a city commissioner in West Miami. In 2000, he was elected to Florida's House of Representatives. Just six years after that, he became the second youngest House Speaker ever — and the first Cuban-American to hold that position. Now he's a 44-year-old Senator in his first term who insists he's fully prepared for the White House. Some Republicans call him their party's Obama — and they don't mean it kindly. Others call him their best chance of heading off Donald Trump. We hear about the meteoric rise of a Cuban-American in Florida, his brief term in Washington and what happened between him and Jeb Bush. In 1996, Marco Rubio worked on Bob Dole's presidential bid in Miami-Dade County. Photo: Marco Rubio campaign
After Iowa: the GOP Survival Test in New Hampshire Donald Trump took a major hit in Iowa, where he wasn't "the winner" as he predicted. He needs a comeback, and insults are flying. Ted Cruz scored an upset but, in New England, he's on shakier ground, while Marco Rubio is trying to make third place look like a victory. Bush, Christie and Kasich aren't giving up, but a poor showing on Tuesday could put any one of their campaigns on life support. New Hampshire will play a major role in shaping what could be a long nomination contest to come.
Florida Voting Drama and the November Elections Remember the year 2000? Florida is at it again. Republican Governor Rick Scott and his Secretary of State Ken Detzner have set out to purge the voting rolls of thousands of suspected non-citizens. Two newspapers have concluded that Hispanics, blacks, Democrats and Independents are being targeted at a much higher rate than white Republicans. Are Republicans trying to disenfranchise Democrats and Independents? What's the potential impact in November?
Partisan Battles in Swing States and the November Elections In tomorrow's Wisconsin recall election , the target is Republican Governor Scott Walker, and the issue is the rights of public workers. If tea partiers and big money can defeat the efforts of organized labor, what about other states and the presidential campaign? In Florida, Republican Governor Rick Scott and his Secretary of State Ken Detzner have set out to purge the voting rolls of thousands of suspected non-citizens. Two newspapers have concluded that Hispanics, blacks, Democrats and Independents are being targeted at a much higher rate than white Republicans. The Governor says, "Absolutely not true." But in a state George W. Bush won by 537 votes, anything could make a difference.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?