FROM Jamelle Bouie
Donald Trump and a Divided America Negative ratings for Donald Trump are off the chart, but he beat 16 other Republicans to become the Party's presumptive presidential nominee. Reporters and fact checkers say much of what he says isn't true, but do his supporters really care what he's saying? Theories of what constitutes Trump Nation include anxiety about the global economy, demographic change, a sense of political betrayal and racism. We hear what it's like at Trump rallies across the country and get different theories about how he's struck a chord with millions of Americans. Whether he wins or loses, what does it mean for the nation…now and in the future? NOTE: Today's interview with Trump supporters were gathered by our public radio partners, KERA in Texas and KQED in San Francisco.
Biden 2016? Joe Biden looks to be eyeing the Oval Office again. He met with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on Saturday , and has already made stops in Iowa and New Hampshire this year. These moves have some in the political class asking: really, Joe? After unsuccessful campaigns in 1988 and 2008, does Biden stand to win this time? What does he stand to lose?
Rachel Dolezal Resigns Her NAACP Post Rachel Dolezal has resigned as President of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. She’s been a subject of controversy since her parents revealed that her heritage is Czech, Swedish and German — with possible traces of Native American. She is not African-American, as she has claimed for the past 10 years. Jamelle Bouie covers politics policy and race for Slate.com .
What's So Wrong with Political Dynasties? Hillary Clinton is considering another Presidential run. Her daughter Chelsea has said that she might run for office someday. And, of course, Chelsea just announced that she’s pregnant, so there’s already speculation that her unborn child might be a future politician. We take a look at the tradition of political dynasties in the U.S. and whether they’re such a bad thing.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.
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.