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 .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.