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.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.