We have new revelations today as analysts pour over documents seized in the raid and killing of Usama bin Laden in 2011. The evidence shows Bin Laden was still very involved in running Al Qaeda despite being isolated in Pakistan. He was advising his minions on new attacks on big picture strategy. The documents show he was obsessed with conspiracy theories. Bin Laden had pornography despite Islam forbidding that kind of thing. He’d also penned an open letter to Americans that was never sent. We’ll get more documents from the cache soon. Today our guests tell us what it all means.
A new Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development report suggests income inequality is growing in much of the developed world and is especially bad in the United States. It says it’s raising concerns about the fraying social fabric and holding back growth.
We’re following the presumed candidates on the trail. Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz have events today. Carl Cameron is wrapping up the Southern Leadership Conference beginning today in Oklahoma City with appearances by Rick Santorum, Rick Perry and Scott Walker.
Hillary Clinton’s Super Pac is having some trouble raising money according to the Wall Street Journal.
The New York Times now reporting that The State Department is about to release the first batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and they have information on Benghazi. The Times’ reporter Michael Schmidt writing, “The Times obtained about a third of the 850 pages of emails. They appear to back up Mrs. Clinton’s previous assertions that she did not receive classified information at her private email address.”
Still analysts will be pouring over the documents. The Times says the emails suggest Hillary was very worried about the political implications of the Benghazi terror attack.
Jeb Bush discussing the Iraq war again much to his supporters discomfort. The New York Times reporter Nick Corasaniti writes, “The ''Bush issue'' keeps cropping up for Mr. Bush as he struggles over how to confront perceptions that a Jeb Bush presidency would be merely a continuation of his brother's or father's time in the White House. In dealing with the issue, he either makes unapologetic declarations of brotherly love, or he forcefully reiterates that he is his own man.”
Senator Rand Paul did an unofficial filibuster on the Senate floor yesterday for more than 10 hours to protest the bulk collection of Americans phone data by the feds as the Senate considers re-upping “The Patriot Act.”
We’re also awaiting word on the fate of the so-called fast track trade authority. It would give President Obama the power to make and create a big trade deal with Asia. We could also hear about whether or not the Import-Export Bank will be reauthorized.
That oil spill near Santa Barbara, California was worse than we thought. As much as 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilled onto two popular beaches and into the ocean. The Governor has declared a state of emergency, but the disaster is reminding some of a 1969 offshore disaster in Santa Barbara that helped kick off the environmental movement.
What will ISIS terrorists do to the UNESCO world heritage site of Palmyra, Syria? The world is waiting with baited breath to find out after Islamic State forces took the site over. It’s a 2000 year old city that is considered one on of the most important archeological sites in the world. ISIS has previously destroyed cultural and historical treasures as an affront to Islam. ISIS has also taken over the Iraqi city of Ramadi in a huge blow to the Iraqi Army and to U.S. policy. A counterattack is in the planning apparently which may include U.S. rockets which are being rushed to Iraqis.
David Letterman hosted his last “Late Show” last night.