FROM Nia-Malika Henderson
After a Contentious Debate, Where Does the GOP Go from Here? With President Obama supposedly on the ropes, Republican candidates last night engaged in pitched battles with one another. It s was the GOP's eighth presidential candidates' debate and the fifth just since Labor Day, full of shouting, interruptions and personal acrimony. As state parties battle over where the voting should start, what's happening to the Republican Party? Websites of Republican presidential candidates: Newt Gingrich Michele Bachmann Mitt Romney Rick Perry Ron Paul Herman Cain Jon Huntsman, Jr Rick Santorum
Is the Republican Party Losing Its Cool? During last night's debate, Newt Gingrich warned other presidential candidates against bickering as a way to get to the White House. But bicker they did, with yelling, interruptions and charges of lying and "hypocrisy." Attacks on President Obama were almost an afterthought. Last night's Las Vegas audience cheered some and booed others, but sober observers are asking, "Is this good for the Party?" In the meantime, New Hampshire and Nevada are battling over which state should go first, and there could be some voting as soon as December. Websites of the other Republican presidential candidates: Newt Gingrich Michele Bachmann Mitt Romney Rick Perry Ron Paul Herman Cain Jon Huntsman, Jr Rick Santorum
Is Obesity a Problem that's Too Big to Solve? The First Lady and the Surgeon General have joined the Centers for Disease Control in the campaign against obesity , especially among children. One-third of young people are so overweight they’re at risk of Type-2 Diabetes. Ten percent of infants and toddlers are dangerously heavy. The food industry is under pressure to cut back on fat and calories. What about the soft-drink business ?
Is Obesity a Problem that's Too Big to Solve? The obesity epidemic is old news, but it's not getting better. One-third of young people are so overweight they're at risk of Type-2 Diabetes. Ten percent of infants and toddlers are dangerously heavy. First Lady Michelle Obama wants to end childhood obesity in a generation. She's joined the Surgeon General and Centers for Disease Control in the campaign against obesity. The food industry is under pressure to cut back on fat and calories. The beverage industry says it's stopped delivering sugary drinks to schools. But public relations and voluntary guidelines won't end a crisis with roots in technology and transportation as well as agriculture. We hear about the dangers of America's " culture of corpulence " and what change will require.
The Soft Sell of First Lady Michelle Obama One of America's most popular women gave her public support to healthcare reform today. First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about gender discrimination , offering a low-key, soft-spoken message in marked contrast to her husband's full-throated appeals. Nia-Malika Henderson covers the First Lady for Politico .
Michelle Obama and the Power of America's First Lady White House historians say first ladies are windows into America's cultural and social ideas, and while it's subtle, they have enormous power. Mamie Eisenhower gave parties and kept her mouth shut. Jackie Kennedy and Nancy Reagan embodied high fashion. Hillary Clinton was a liberated woman who botched healthcare reform. Laura Bush advocated literacy in a much quieter way. As the first African-American spouse in the White House, Michelle Obama 's unique. But her style and persona make her novel in other ways. Beneath her remarkable round of activities, is there a message? What about the bare arms and the vegetable garden?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
"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."
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.