FROM Reid Epstein
Will Donald Trump Face a Convention Coup? Donald Trump is reportedly on the verge of choosing a running mate, with Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich and Chris Christie supposedly all among the finalists. What is not in doubt is political chaos next week when the Republicans convene in Cleveland. With only days left ‘til the convention in Cleveland, so-called “rogue” delegates want to change the rules so they can vote for somebody else. Most big-name Republicans won’t even be there and veterans of past conventions are stunned by the lack of planning. But Trump supporters say it’s time for a change. They’ll welcome disorder--if it leads to what they care about most: defeating Hillary Clinton
White House in a Bind on Snowden's Travel In the professed interest of government transparency and with help from WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, Edward Snowden has fled from China to Russia and reportedly plans to seek refuge in Ecuador after landing in Cuba, all countries with draconian limits on freedom of information. Today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called it a "deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant, and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the US-China relationship." Reid Epstein is White House reporter for Politico .
President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron Meet At a White House news conference today with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama was asked about ongoing Republican attacks on the so-called "talking points" about the deadly attack on Benghazi. Saying that "the whole thing defies logic," the President attributed Republicans' continued focus to "political motivation." The Prime Minister reiterated that Britain shared American support for the Syrian opposition. Reid Epstein is White House reporter for Politico .
Biden Tells NAACP Mitt Romney Is a 'Threat' Yesterday, Mitt Romney was greeted politely by the NAACP, but booed when he called for repeal of "Obamacare." Today, Vice President Joe Biden addressed the same audience with a different message and very different results. America's first black president did not address the country's oldest and largest civil rights organization in person, but he did send a video. One Republican response line: the NAACP didn't get the top dog, they got the attack dog. Reid Epstein is White House reporter for Politico .
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?
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?