FROM Reid Epstein
Will Donald Trump Face a Convention Coup? Donald Trump is reportedly on the verge of choosing a running mate, with Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie supposedly all among the finalists. What is not in doubt is political chaos next week when the Republicans convene in Cleveland. With only days left ‘til the convention in Cleveland, so-called “rogue” delegates want to change the rules so they can vote for somebody else. Most big-name Republicans won’t even be there and veterans of past conventions are stunned by the lack of planning. But Trump supporters say it’s time for a change. They’ll welcome disorder--if it leads to what they care about most: defeating Hillary Clinton
White House in a Bind on Snowden's Travel In the professed interest of government transparency and with help from WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, Edward Snowden has fled from China to Russia and reportedly plans to seek refuge in Ecuador after landing in Cuba, all countries with draconian limits on freedom of information. Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called it a "deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant, and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the US-China relationship." Reid Epstein is White House reporter for Politico .
President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron Meet At a White House news conference today with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama was asked about ongoing Republican attacks on the so-called "talking points" about the deadly attack on Benghazi. Saying that "the whole thing defies logic," the President attributed Republicans' continued focus to "political motivation." The Prime Minister reiterated that Britain shared American support for the Syrian opposition. Reid Epstein is White House reporter for Politico .
Biden Tells NAACP Mitt Romney Is a 'Threat' Yesterday, Mitt Romney was greeted politely by the NAACP, but booed when he called for repeal of "Obamacare." Today, Vice President Joe Biden addressed the same audience with a different message and very different results. America's first black president did not address the country's oldest and largest civil rights organization in person, but he did send a video. One Republican response line: the NAACP didn't get the top dog, they got the attack dog. Reid Epstein is White House reporter for Politico .
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.
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.