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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.