FROM Nomiki Konst
Gary Johnson: The danger and the appeal This year's Libertarian presidential candidate is Gary Johnson, former Republican Governor of New Mexico. Earlier this month on MSNBC, he failed to answer what seemed like an obvious question about Aleppo. This week, Gary Johnson was on a voter town hall with MSNBC's Chris Matthews and was asked to name a foreign leader he could respect. Today, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Gary Johnson, following the Detroit News and leading papers in New Hampshire, Virginia and North Carolina. Is support for Johnson a statement of principle or a wasted vote with potentially dangerous consequences? We hear from political analyst Nomiki Konst , host of The Filter on Sirius radio. She was a delegate to the Democratic convention, and a Bernie Sanders supporter on the Platform Committee.
Democratic Unity: A Reality or a Dream? Last night, Michelle Obama electrified the delegates with an appeal for unity behind Hillary Clinton and pointed criticism of Donald Trump. Today, for the first time, the majority of delegates at a major party convention will nominate a woman to run for the White House. Bill Clinton will take up where Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren left off — addressing a Democratic Party that’s very different from the one he led. Even this morning, Sanders was booed by some delegates, when he said that voting for Hillary is the only way to defeat Trump. We hear a heart-to-heart between delegates still taking different sides.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
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.