As we go on the air, Hurricane Matthew hasn't yet caused the death and damage that's been predicted, but President Obama has reminded millions of people they're still in danger. Meantime the disruption already caused by Matthew is having political consequences in a crucial swing state. Republican Governor Rick Scott — who's also chair of a super PAC backing Donald Trump — has refused to extend next Tuesday's deadline for voter registration. Matt Dixon, in Panama City for Politico, has more on who asked for the extension and why.
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The US is one of the only countries on Earth without some nationwide form of paid leave for the parents of newly born children. Donald Trump would go where Republicans have refused to tread, by offering paid leave for mothers. Hillary Clinton would pay fathers, too. They're also offering childcare -- in plans detailed enough on both sides to provide a rare chance for meaningful comparisons. Does Trump favor the middle and upper class? Would Clinton's plan be too expensive? We'll hear some contrasting answers to those and other questions.
President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 -- when he was barely in office. It was seen more as encouragement to the new leader than a reward for his accomplishments. In Oslo today, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced this year's award to the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos "for his resolute efforts to bring the country's more than 50 year long civil war to an end, a war that has cost the lives of at least 220,000 Colombians and displaced close to six million people."
But here's the irony. Just last Sunday, Santos' historic peace deal with FARC rebels was rejected by Colombia's voters. Nick Miroff, Latin American correspondent for the Washington Post, reports on the ironic circumstances surrounding this year's Nobel Prize for Peace.
President Juan Manuel Santos reacts after learning that he was
awarded the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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