FROM Booth Moore
Sarah Palin's Wardrobe: Fashion Do or Don't? "Nothing says Main Street like Sacks Fifth Avenue" is just one of the cracks made by political pundits after news that the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 on clothes for Sarah Palin. An advocate for Joe Sixpack, Palin only makes $125,000 a year as Governor of Alaska. Campaign operatives explained the purchases as allowing the vice presidential candidate to have the wardrobe she needed to campaign in different climates. But listing those expenses on campaign finance reports, where they were picked up by Politico , has created an image problem.
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.
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?
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?
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?