FROM Alan Berube
Sanctuary cities prepare against threat of deportations In Sunday's interview with Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes, Donald Trump said he still hopes to round up undocumented people as he's promised since the beginning of his campaign. His advisors are reportedly drafting plans to ramp up pressure on local police and jailers to identify immigrants in the country illegally. That could mean direct conflict with "sanctuary cities," like Los Angeles, whose Police Chief Charlie Beck says he won't go along. "We're going to maintain the same posture we always have. We don't make detentions or arrests solely based on status. If the federal government takes a more aggressive role in deportation, then they'll have to do it on their own." -- LAPD Chief Charlie Beck We hear more about what it would take for President Trump to carry out his plans from Brian Bennett, a national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times , and from Alan Berube, a senior fellow and deputy director at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
Inequality and Prosperity A new study from the Brookings Institution says the greatest income disparities occur in cities with the most vibrant economies. San Francisco and Los Angeles both make the top 10 list of most unequal cities in a new report. We take a look at the phenomenon with the author of the study.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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?