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 Despite their concerns, they have not withdrawn their endorsements of Trump.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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?