Photo: A demonstrator holds signs during a rally in response to the Charlottesville, Virginia car attack on counter-protesters after the "Unite the Right" rally organised by white nationalists, in Oakland, California, August 12, 2017. (Stephen Lam/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
President Trump addressed a rally of screaming supporters last night in Phoenix — largely addressing his anger at news reports about his reaction to violence by what he called "both sides" in Charlottesville. CNN and other cable news networks broadcast every minute, even though the President said they didn't.
Josh Dawsey, White House reporter for Politico, says no matter the theme of the rally, Trump seems to turn it into a venting session about everything that bothers him.
"I may hate what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Some version of that old saying could be the motto of the American Civil Liberties Union. Most recently, it sued to protect the rights of white racists to rally in Charlottesville -- but since the protest turned deadly, there's been a backlash. Even some ACLU members have resigned, and the organization's on the defensive about the limits of free speech. Are America's constitutional protections too broad? Do they conflict with the right to bear arms? We hear about rules in Germany where free speech led to tyranny.
David D. Cole, American Civil Liberties Union / Georgetown University (@DavidColeACLU)
Eric Segall, Georgia State University (@espinsegall)
Samuel Walker, University of Nebraska Omaha (@UNOmaha)
Laurie Marhoefer, University of Washington (@L_Marhoefer)
Professor Samuel Walker
The BBC and AFP are state-owned information services that produce real news — highly respected by the international news media. When Andrew Feinberg signed on to the Russian-owned outlet Sputnik, he was assured it was just the same. After all, it has a seat at the White House briefings. But in an article for Politico, Sputnik's former White House correspondent says it was not what it seemed.
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Bannon, Moore storm the establishment barricades Donald Trump appealed to the frustrated base of the Republican Party, and Steve Bannon rode Trump's train to the White House. Now, Bannon's out on his own -- fomenting revolution against the GOP establishment—especially leadership in the Senate. Where's President Trump as the battle lines are being drawn?
Sifting through the ashes: Cleanup and questions after the fires Wildfire is all too familiar in the Golden State, but last week's record-setting blazes in Northern California left behind something new — more property damage over a wider area with more human casualties than ever before. We hear about likely causes, the struggle to clean up and the possibility of prevention.
Political dueling and the future of the ACA Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office.
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
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