FROM Max Brantley
Dissecting the Primary Elections Democrat Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Republican Bob Bennett of Utah both lost their re-nomination bids in party primaries this year. Democrat Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas was forced into a runoff, held yesterday. Despite predictions that angry liberals would give her the boot, she won. Did angry voters take it out on incumbents? Did Sarah Palin make any difference? Did the Tea Party do well anywhere outside Nevada? Will this be the year of the woman, especially in California?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?