FROM Rosalind Burd-Leszczuk
The Democratic Party: Stuck in the Mud? The Democrats will make history by nominating either the first black or the first woman to run for President of the United States, generating more political energy than America has seen for decades, but as one writer has it, " the Democrats are stuck in their own mud ." Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have enough votes and delegates to go all the way to the August convention , and the campaign gets nastier by the day. Is it all about who gets the power? What are the roles of race and gender? Is the party itself so divided that unity in November is at risk? Will all those new voters and Independents go to John McCain or just stay home?
Barack Obama: The Phenomenon and the Candidate With Barack Obama making inroads with every Democratic constituency, Time magazine is asking, " Is it Too Late for Hillary? " At the same time, the Economist, with a picture of Obama on next week's cover, asks, " But Could He Deliver? " Obama's appeal is based, in part, on race, rhetoric and the promise of national unity. What does he want to do on Iraq, the economy and other issues the next president will be faced with? Can he withstand the scrutiny that goes with his current front-runner status?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.