FROM Jeet Heer
Can Bannon topple the GOP ruling class? The GOP controls the White House and both Houses of Congress, but that's not stopping former Trump aide Steve Bannon from fomenting a revolution. Mitch McConnell's the Senate Republican Leader Bannon blames for un-kept promises -- especially the vow to repeal and replace Obamacare. Bannon's "war" starts with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore — who's extreme enough to make "establishment" Republicans cringe. But because GOP can't afford to lose one seat in the US Senate, there are signs that it's getting behind the disgraced former judge to replace Jeff Sessions of Alabama. We hear what might be in store for the Grand Old Party, with George W. Bush getting into the act.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.