FROM Sergio Bustos
Cuba, Florida and a Changing Political Landscape Outside the Versailles restaurant in Miami last night, Cuban-Americans protested and argued over President Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Three-quarters of America’s Cuban population lives in Florida, and it’s been a powerful political force in the state. Could the President’s decision change that?
Latino Voters and the Republican Party Republican strategists have known for years that it's time to reach out to Latinos, the fastest-growing voting bloc in the nation. In Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Republican candidates made appeals to Tea Partiers and others concerned about the impact of illegal immigration. Starting tomorrow in Florida tomorrow, and Saturday in Nevada, Latino voters will be a major part of the electorate. Tomorrow's Florida primary is this year's first opportunity, and the presidential candidates know it.
Republican Candidates and Latino Voters Republican talk about an electric border fence, e-verify and deportation was one thing in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Tomorrow in Florida and Saturday in Nevada it will be a different story, when many voters will be Hispanics. Obama won 58 percent of Hispanics in 2008, but many are having second thoughts, especially because of the economy. What other issues concern them most? Are Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich hitting the right buttons? Can Republicans reconcile their appeals to Tea Partiers and the fastest growing bloc of American voters?
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.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.