- Making News: Kidnapped British Journalist Released
A 23 year-old British journalist was kidnapped in southern Iraq today, threatened with death, and then released. Muqtada al-Sadr himself is said to have intervened. James Brandon is a stringer for the Sunday Telegraph of London and the Christian Science Monitor, where Scott Baldauf is a reporter.
- Reporter's Notebook: Legal and Political Issues Still at Play on Gay Marriage
California's State Supreme Court has ruled that Gavin Newsom exceeded his authority by issuing marriage licenses to 4,000 same-sex couples. The San Francisco Mayor says he licensed and performed gay marriages to challenge the constitutionality of Prop 22, the voter-passed initiative to ban the practice. With 12 other states preparing to vote on the question, Professor Vikram Amar of Hastings College of Law says the constitutional challenge remains.
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Teachers are battling back Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?
After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.
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