FROM Mike Allen
Can Dramatic Flair Beat Persistence in the Presidential Race? For a moment at least, Hollywood flair has trumped the policy wonks in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination. Last night, while eight Republican candidates trudged through yet another debate, Fred Thompson upstaged them -- from Los Angeles. He went on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and announced he was running for the White House. After stealing the spotlight with his late entry into the race, does the actor and former senator have the substance to win over conservatives? How will he fare against intense scrutiny on issues like abortion and immigration?
Fred Thompson Gaining on Giuliani in GOP Race A poll out today from the Los Angeles Times and Bloomberg shows Hillary Clinton retaining her solid lead over Barack Obama --33% to 22% of Democratic voters, with Al Gore third at 15% and John Edwards trailing with 8%. On the Republican side, both that poll and a survey by Rasmussen Reports have some bad news for Rudy Giuliani because of another undeclared candidate. Mike Allen is chief political reporter for The Politico , a web site that covers Washington politics.
Senate, House Create War-Funding Problems for Bush By two votes last night, the US Senate approved a non-binding deadline for pulling out of Iraq by March of next year. By the middle of May, the military will be running short of money in Iraq. This morning, after President Bush again threatened to veto any measure with a deadline for troop withdrawal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged him to "calm down with the threats." Mike Allen, who reports for the new website, Politico , reports on a potential impasse.
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.