FROM Richard Viguerie
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
Gonzales Is Out, Will Mukasey Be His Replacement? Former New York federal judge Michael Mukasey is President Bush's nominee to be the next Attorney General of the United States. He's a law-and-order conservative Senate Democrats may find acceptable, but he could face opposition from the Republican right wing. We hear about his record and some of the issues his confirmation will raise, including politics at the Department of Justice, warrantless wiretaps, the unitary executive and social issues, including abortion.
Can Dramatic Flair Beat Persistence in the Presidential Race? For a moment at least, Hollywood flair has trumped the policy wonks in the battle for the Republican presidential nomination. Last night, while eight Republican candidates trudged through yet another debate, Fred Thompson upstaged them -- from Los Angeles. He went on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and announced he was running for the White House. After stealing the spotlight with his late entry into the race, does the actor and former senator have the substance to win over conservatives? How will he fare against intense scrutiny on issues like abortion and immigration?
Attorney General Gonzales Testifies on Capitol Hill America's chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales , came under attack from members of both parties today at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. At issue is how deeply he was involved in the firing of eight US attorneys . Has he tried to deceive both Congress and the American people? What is the role of partisan politics in the administration of justice? Has Gonzales lost the credibility he needs to do his job? We get a report on the hearing and hear from one of the former prosecutors.
Nancy Pelosi Wins One Battle and Loses Another San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi will be the first female House Speaker, and third in line to the President. But her Majority Leader won’t be the Pentagon stalwart who changed the debate on Iraq. Fellow Democrats rejected Pelosi's choice of John Murtha of Pennsylvania by the whopping margin of 60%. Stenny Hoyer of Maryland, Pelosi's long-time rival, was elected instead. Will House Democrats be unified on Iraq, ethics and what they call the "new direction" demanded by voters? What message will the Republicans send when they choose the new minority leaders tomorrow?
Can GOP Contain Latest Scandal, Retain Congressional Control? Mark Foley's lawyer says the former Congressman never abused any children, but explicit e-mails to teenage boys cost him his job. House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he wasn’t the only one who knew about Foley’s e-mails. Yesterday on Rush Limbaugh's radio show, Hastert said he was not to blame for waiting so long to take action. As the scandal escalates, can Hastert and other Republicans hold on to theirs? What's the likely fallout with Christian conservatives and other voters concerned about moral issues? Do the Democrats risk a backlash if they appear to politicize a sensitive issue? We get the latest on what they knew, when they knew and whether they took any action.
Tuesday's Primaries and a Look toward November In the biggest primary day of the year, nine states and the District of Columbia have chosen candidates for the November elections. Yesterday’s big political drama was Rhode Island's Republican Senate primary , where moderate incumbent Lincoln Chafee faced a tough challenge from conservative Mayor of Cranston, Steve Laffey . The big question remains: are the Democrats or the Republicans now better positioned to control the House and the Senate? Were voters pro- or anti-incumbent? Are national or local issues most likely to prevail in November? Why are some conservatives saying the Republican Party will be better off if it looses?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.