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?
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.
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?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?