Politically, Trump’s great wall may not be worth the government shutdown. But it appeals to his base, including evangelical Christians. As the country’s white, protestant majority gives way to diversity, some fear that the essence of America is changing. Opposition to immigration in Western Europe is no coincidence. Later on : Brexit: “No Deal, No Plan, No Clue.”
National Security: An Adult in the Room
America’s mainstream media are obsessed with President Trump’s off-hand policymaking in military and foreign affairs. But his mistakes don’t justify the unquestioned authority given the Pentagon, the CIA and the FBI. William Arkin is quitting NBC News with a scathing assessment. He says the national security state has created a condition of “perpetual war” without making America safer--and that the media are failing to report it. L ater on our Climate Change Update segment: how the government shutdown is hurting American science.
Politics, the World Order and Donald Trump’s New Year
Newly divided government could mean change in this new year… or not. House Democrats don’t always stick together--and presidential campaigns could get in the way. The GOP might not heed Mitt Romney’s call for respectability. Meantime, will America’s allies unify to sustain world order without America’s leadership?
Novelist Ben Fountain on Trump, Clinton and America’s Future
When a novelist turns reporter, you don’t get journalistic cliches or more of the pack consensus. Ben Fountain is unsparing of both political parties as he reports on the presidential campaign of 2016. In “Beautiful Country Burn Again,” he finds the seeds of an “existential crisis.” Meantime, a question out of American mythology for president Trump: whatever happened to George Washington’s promise never to tell a lie?
A Billionaire’s Warning: America’s Economic Inequality Means the Next Revolution
Nick Hanauer is a billionaire. But he sees “the pitchforks coming” as the gap between “the 1%” and everyone else becomes a gaping chasm. How much longer can hedge funds profit at the expense of workers--and customers? How dire are the possible consequences as politicians go to court over an issue as fundamental as health care?