FROM Ryan Rhodes
Are Republicans Getting their Party Together? There were primary elections for the US Senate and Congress in eight states yesterday. For Democrats, it was mostly business as usual, but Republicans were looking for signs of unity or division between the GOP Establishment and Tea Party supporters. In Iowa, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin unified the factions behind Senate candidate Joni Ernst , who campaigned on her ability to castrate a hog. In Mississippi, there was no final decision, and six-term Senate incumbent Thad Cochran faces a run-off with the well funded Tea-Party challenger, Chris McDaniel . How deep does party unity really go? Is it key to re-taking the Senate and nominating a presidential winner in 2016?
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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.