FROM David French
In this political climate, are Americans headed for a divorce? The polarization of America is so well established that, "The only real debate is over the nature of our cultural, political and religious conflict." Some commentators are calling it a "cold civil war." But David French says it's something different. He's a columnist for the conservative National Review .
Is America retreating from the world? During the Obama administration, numerous Republicans criticized Obama for "leading from behind." But as President, Donald Trump has made withdrawing the country from international commitments his calling card. Observers of the Trump White House notice two opposing groups of advisors surrounding the President. Globalists promote conservative values while advocating for America's continued presence and influence on world affairs while nationalists appear to encourage the President to withdraw the country from the global stage on a series of issues, from trade to global warming, following Trump's "America first" campaign pledge. Is this dangerous isolationism, a domestic political play or a sensible path forward? What will the global stage look like with a diminished United States? Who will fill the void: Europe, China…or Russia? Shortly after our discussion, President Trump made an announcement from the White House Rose Garden, officially withdrawing United States from the Paris climate agreement.
Does the "American Dream" still have a future? Dr. Martin Luther King famously had a "Dream" — and it's related to the "American Dream," a phrase first used back in 1931. It's when children make better pay, own more property and enjoy life's comforts more than their parents. Now, the "American Dream" can actually be measured. The numbers are not encouraging. The odds for children exceeding their parents' standard of living have dropped like a stone for the poor and the Middle Class. And the concentration of wealth has increased by orders of magnitude. On this MLK Day we hear what that means for the "American Dream."
The 'American Dream:' Does it have a future? The "American Dream" has been defined as an increased standard of living from generation to generation. It's when children make better pay, own more property and enjoy life's comforts more than their parents. Now, the American Dream can actually be measured. The numbers are not encouraging. The odds for children exceeding their parents' standard of living have dropped like a stone for the poor and middle class, and the concentration of wealth in the economic stratosphere has increased by orders of magnitude. We hear what that means for the "American Dream."
Should we move away from identity politics or double down? Bernie Sanders urged his supporters Sunday to move away from identity politics, and that progressives need to band together and fight for the working class. However, others say that’s a call to ignore racism, sexism and other forms of bigotry. The question of how much to embrace -- or not -- identity politics will be key to the future of the Democratic party.
Is Clinton's Absolution Republican Ammunition? The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified emails while Secretary of State officially ended Tuesday, but the aftershocks for the presumptive Democratic candidate continue. FBI Director James Comey cleared Clinton of criminal wrongdoing, but he also handed the Trump campaign a ready-made attack ad by scolding Clinton and her staff for handling sensitive information with “extreme carelessness.” Today Comey went before lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Town of Greece v. Galloway Thirty years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled that prayers before public meetings do not violate the Constitutional prohibition against the "establishment of religion." Today, it revisited the issue in a case involving the city council of Greece, New York, a town near Rochester. A Jew and an atheist protested references to Jesus Christ, and a federal appellate court agreed that their rights had been violated. Today's US Supreme Court session began after the standard invocation, "God save the United States and this honorable court."
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.