FROM Ron Elving
Trump cleaves the GOP into unprecedented alliances Donald Trump continues to thumb his nose at the Republican Party. He's expressed no regrets about attacking a Gold Star Family, despite criticism from GOP leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Arizona Senator John McCain. Despite their concerns, they have not withdrawn their endorsements of Trump. But he's now refusing to endorse them in primary elections coming up soon. Ron Elving, senior editor and correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News , has more.
The Trump National Convention in Cleveland Against a background of police killings, terrorism and an attempted coup in Turkey, Republicans are gathered in Cleveland to nominate Donald Trump. It's begun as a convention unlike any other, with some delegates still determined to prevent Trump's victory and 48 protest groups on the streets outside. Ohio's "open carry" law has added a new kind of uncertainty. For various different reasons, many of the Party's most familiar figures won't be attending. The official message this week is "law and order," for an event where dis-order may be more the rule than the exception.
Does a Contested Democratic Convention Jeopardize the Nominee? Donald Trump has outraged members of his own party by saying that the race of federal judges could determine whether they're qualified to hear certain cases. But even John McCain has finally endorsed him, and there won't be a contest at this year's Republican convention. Photo: Qqqqqq The Democrats may be in for something different, with Bernie Sanders promising that the convention will be "contested" — regardless of whether he wins or loses tomorrow in California. That raises the question of what that might look like. Ron Elving, senior editor and political correspondent at NPR's Washington Desk, revisits contested conventions in the past.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.