FROM Warren Cole Smith
Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Religion in Politics At the Citadel military college in South Carolina, Mitt Romney made a neo-conservative foreign policy speech today. He called for reversing cuts in the Pentagon and increasing military spending, and suggested that President Obama had surrendered America's role as being the strongest nation on earth. Romney is still regarded as the Republican front-runner, but polls show he lacks enough conservative backing to make him the sure nominee. Last July, Herman Cain said that Romney's Mormon religion was no problem for him, but that it would be for southern evangelical Christians. Even though Cain apologized, did he have a point? And if Romney got the GOP nomination, would his religion turn off secular Democrats and Independents? We hear different opinions on Romney's prospects and ask why Cain has suddenly shot up in public opinion polls. What about Rick Perry ?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
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.