FROM Patrick Ruffini
Lots of Votes but No Decisions Forget about those "decisive results" predicted for both parties just a few weeks ago. Super Tuesday leaves the two remaining Democrats virtually tied and Republicans sharply divided over their leading candidate. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton may have to battle until May in Pennsylvania or even beyond. On the Republican side, Mitt Romney 's in trouble and Mike Huckabee 's come on strong. Although John McCain is the leader, he has a fight on his hands for his party's conservative base. We survey the wreckage from the first, real "national primary" and look at an uncertain political future.
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?
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?
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?