FROM Rick Scarborough
Evangelicals and the Realities of Political Partisanship Former White House aide David Kuo says President Bush is a man of genuine faith, but he's more concerned with appearances than realities and he's promised conservative Christians much more than he's delivered. His advisors are using evangelicals for political purposes, but behind the scenes Christian leaders are tolerated rather than welcomed. Veteran Texas reporter Wayne Slater says he heard the President himself call conservative Christians "whackos." Those revelations come as Republicans are struggling to get their voters out to the polls. So, what's the real message to the religious right? Are they surprised that politics is a cynical game? Who's using whom? We hear from Kuo and Christian evangelicals.
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?
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.