FROM Nia-Malika Henderson
After a Contentious Debate, Where Does the GOP Go from Here? With President Obama supposedly on the ropes, Republican candidates last night engaged in pitched battles with one another. It s was the GOP's eighth presidential candidates' debate and the fifth just since Labor Day, full of shouting, interruptions and personal acrimony. As state parties battle over where the voting should start, what's happening to the Republican Party? Websites of Republican presidential candidates: Newt Gingrich Michele Bachmann Mitt Romney Rick Perry Ron Paul Herman Cain Jon Huntsman, Jr Rick Santorum
Is the Republican Party Losing Its Cool? During last night's debate, Newt Gingrich warned other presidential candidates against bickering as a way to get to the White House. But bicker they did, with yelling, interruptions and charges of lying and "hypocrisy." Attacks on President Obama were almost an afterthought. Last night's Las Vegas audience cheered some and booed others, but sober observers are asking, "Is this good for the Party?" In the meantime, New Hampshire and Nevada are battling over which state should go first, and there could be some voting as soon as December. Websites of the other Republican presidential candidates: Newt Gingrich Michele Bachmann Mitt Romney Rick Perry Ron Paul Herman Cain Jon Huntsman, Jr Rick Santorum
Is Obesity a Problem that's Too Big to Solve? The First Lady and the Surgeon General have joined the Centers for Disease Control in the campaign against obesity , especially among children. One-third of young people are so overweight they’re at risk of Type-2 Diabetes. Ten percent of infants and toddlers are dangerously heavy. The food industry is under pressure to cut back on fat and calories. What about the soft-drink business ?
Is Obesity a Problem that's Too Big to Solve? The obesity epidemic is old news, but it's not getting better. One-third of young people are so overweight they're at risk of Type-2 Diabetes. Ten percent of infants and toddlers are dangerously heavy. First Lady Michelle Obama wants to end childhood obesity in a generation. She's joined the Surgeon General and Centers for Disease Control in the campaign against obesity. The food industry is under pressure to cut back on fat and calories. The beverage industry says it's stopped delivering sugary drinks to schools. But public relations and voluntary guidelines won't end a crisis with roots in technology and transportation as well as agriculture. We hear about the dangers of America's " culture of corpulence " and what change will require.
The Soft Sell of First Lady Michelle Obama One of America's most popular women gave her public support to healthcare reform today. First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about gender discrimination , offering a low-key, soft-spoken message in marked contrast to her husband's full-throated appeals. Nia-Malika Henderson covers the First Lady for Politico .
Michelle Obama and the Power of America's First Lady White House historians say first ladies are windows into America's cultural and social ideas, and while it's subtle, they have enormous power. Mamie Eisenhower gave parties and kept her mouth shut. Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan embodied high fashion. Hillary Clinton was a liberated woman who botched healthcare reform. Laura Bush advocated literacy in a much quieter way. As the first African-American spouse in the White House, Michelle Obama 's unique. But her style and persona make her novel in other ways. Beneath her remarkable round of activities, is there a message? What about the bare arms and the vegetable garden?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.