FROM Tom Davis
Are the Democrats Going to Fall Out of Power? Last month, when the Wall Street Journal and NBC News asked voters which party they liked best, Democrats and Republicans tied with 41% each. That's a change from the pattern of recent years, when Democrats have come out ahead in so-called "generic" polls. Among voters most intensely interested in this year's midterm elections, Republicans this time around had a 15-point lead.
Are the Democrats Going to Fall Out of Power? Charlie Cook, one of Washington's respected pundits, says watching the Democrats since August has been like " watching a car wreck in slow motion ." Just one year after a Democratic landslide, Cook is not alone in saying that angry voters might give either the House or the Senate back to the Republicans. Last month, when the Wall Street Journal and NBC News asked which party voters liked best, Democrats and Republicans tied , a change from recent years, when Democrats have come out ahead in so-called “generic” polls. Is President Obama getting the blame for problems he didn't create? Are his party's leaders in Congress making things worse? Is Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown a surprising new voice for bipartisanship? We get a variety of opinions.
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?
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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.