FROM Mark Meckler
A Debate in Name Only At St. Anselm's College in New Hampshire last night — and on cable TV -- seven Republicans spent two hours denouncing Barack Obama . There was no question that the target for six other Republican candidates was Democratic President rather than front-runner Mitt Romney . How did the candidates distinguish themselves from each other? Did they narrow the field or will other candidates see a chance to jump in? Other candidates in last night's debate or mentioned in this discussion include: Herman Cain John Huntsman Michele Bachmann Newt Gingrich Rick Santorum Ron Paul Tim Pawlenty
A Debate in Name Only When the GOP stages its first presidential primary next year in New Hampshire, the candidates will be running against each other. But in last night's debate at St. Anselm's College in New Hampshire, they made President Obama their only real target, and passed up opportunities to speak ill of fellow Republicans. What did they do to distinguish themselves? Did Tim Pawlenty challenge Mitt Romney 's establishment front-runner status? Did Michele Bachmann make a difference? Did Newt Gingrich show he can still run, even without a campaign staff? We hear excerpts from the candidates and get some expert opinions. Other candidates appearing in last night's debate or discussed in this segment include: Herman Cain John Huntsman Ron Paul Rick Santorum
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.