FROM Rhodes Cook
Democrats to Decide Rules for Michigan, Florida Delegates There will be standing room only for tomorrow's meeting of a group even political junkies never heard of before, the Democrats' Rules and Bylaws Committee. Thirty party insiders will try to compromise on disputed delegates from two states that will matter greatly in the general election. There will be saturation news coverage as Hillary Clinton , Barack Obama and the States of Michigan and Florida make their cases during the morning. Deliberations will start in the afternoon. But the big question is whether the nomination will finally be resolved. Clinton supporters plan demonstrations outside; Obama wants his people to cool it. We hear arguments from both sides on the latest event to make this a campaign unprecedented in political history.
After Ohio and Texas: What's Changed and What's the Same? John McCain has wrapped up his party's nomination, but Hillary Clinton has bounced back again with a big win in Ohio and a squeaker in Texas, enough to make sure that she and Barack Obama will be campaigning for weeks to come. While McCain gets a unifying White House blessing , the Democrats are likely to remain divided all the way to the August convention. We look at the exit polls and what they say about change, experience and the impact of negative campaigning? Do Republicans really like McCain all that much? Will Democratic divisions be a source of weakness or strength come November?
Super Tuesday Comes To a Head As polls open across the country and caucuses get under way, Super Tuesday is shaping up much like a general election, with events moving from East to West. Rhodes Cook is editor of the Rhodes Cook Letter and author of Race for the Presidency : Winning the 2008 Nomination.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?