FROM Matthew Karp
Can the Democrats deliver 'a better deal?' Bill Clinton's winning campaigns for the White House operated on the basic premise that, "It's the economy, stupid." But last year, it was Donald Trump who appealed to working-class and rural voters — those the Democrats now call "left out and left behind" by economic changes. Their new slogan, " A Better Deal ," starts with increased wages, lower drug prices and the end of corporate mergers. Polls show Democrats are the party against President Trump, but to win elections they have to favor something, too. We hear what they want it to be.
Will Party Concessions Put Out "The Bern?" Hillary Clinton calls Donald Trump "a divider, not a uniter." But it's Bernie Sanders who's dividing her own Party. Hoping to make peace, the Democrats have given him a big voice in the party platform…only to have him promise to make the process "messy." His appointees include a supporter of Palestinian rights and one of President Obama's harshest African-American critics. So, as the campaign heats up in California, the battle continues — despite Clinton supporters who warn that it's making life easier for Donald Trump.
It's Not Democracy, It's the Rules Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are outraged that the presidential nominating process turns out not to be an exercise in direct democracy, and many voters agree. But it's not and it never has been. Most of the time that doesn't matter because there's a clear front-runner before the nominating convention begins. But when there's a real contest, each campaign has to master complex rules that are different in all 50 states and for each political party. Is there any chance that widespread anger and frustration might lead to change before this year's conventions?
The Democratic Party: Divided Again Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in Michigan yesterday. It's already being called, " One of the greatest upsets in modern political history ." That's not just from Sanders' campaign but respected pollsters -- now trying to figure out why they were so wrong. In advance of the voting, With another debate tonight in Miami, Democrats are figuring how to keep the party together as the battle goes on. Clinton's still likely to have the delegates needed to win the nomination. Can she avoid repeating the mistakes of past divided conventions?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.