FROM Stephen Keating
Presidential Primaries Make Way for Fall Campaign In Kentucky and Oregon yesterday, white voters dominated, but with very different results. Hillary Clinton 's Kentucky victory was overwhelming, and nearly half the state's Democrats said they would not support Barack Obama against John McCain . Obama now claims a majority of elected convention delegates. Today, they're both in Florida, as McCain was yesterday. It's one of the crucial "swing states" that could be decisive in November, just as it's been in the past. It will take 270 electoral votes to get to the White House, but each candidate is looking at separate contests in 50 different states. Has the calculus changed since 2000 and 2004, two of the closest elections in history? We look at red states, blue states and swing states around the country.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."