FROM John Baer
Rick Santorum Pulls Ahead of the Republican Pack With more than four national polls showing Rick Santorum now tied with Mitt Romney among Republicans, the next showdowns will be Michigan and Arizona later this month, followed closely by ten states on Super Tuesday, March 6. Can he overcome Romney's huge advantage in money and organization as voters learn more about Santorum's record, his stands on issues and his personality? Can he shift from his emphasis on cultural issues to the economy?
Can Rick Santorum Go the Distance? Polls by Gallup , Pew and the New York Times show Rick Santorum virtually tied with Mitt Romney among Republican voters. He has big leads among Tea Partiers and evangelicals in the Midwest, with Romney doing better in the West and the Northeast. As the race moves to Michigan -- a victim of the recession – and Arizona later this month, followed closely by ten states on Super Tuesday (March 6), can Santorum shift from the cultural wars and talk the blue-collar talk about the economy? Can Romney overcome his famous advice to " let Detroit go bankrupt " and swamp Santorum with negative ads? Does Santorum have the resources to maintain his position?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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 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.