FROM Shawn Steel
Republicans Gather in Hollywood After last year's presidential election, Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee, said the party has done " a lousy job " reaching out to women, Latinos and Asians, and he promised to work in areas that have been hostile to the GOP. Today, the RNC began three days of meetings in Hollywood. Shawn Steel is an RNC member and former chair of the party in California.
Picking Up the Pieces of Super Tuesday Despite the support of Governor Schwarzenegger, Prop 93 failed in yesterday’s election. It was a legislative term-limits measure that would have saved current leaders from being termed out at the end of this year. Now Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata—both Democrats—are lame ducks. Today, the Governor told the Sacramento Bee’s Editorial Board, “I really wanted some of those guys to stay.”
Angelides' Efforts to Tie Schwarzenegger to Bush TV spots paid for by Democrat Phil Angelides show Governor Schwarzenegger morphing into President Bush. Last night on Jay Leno's Tonight Show , the Governor said "To link me to George Bush is like linking me to an Oscar... I mean, that's ridiculous." Does Angelides deserve equal time? So far, NBC just says he’s not scheduled. Is the Governor disloyal to the GOP?
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.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.