FROM Alex Abella
Should the Bear Be Removed from California's Flag? Republican US Senator Lindsay Graham and Republican Governor Niki Haley are just two of the South Carolina politicians who say it's time to take the Confederate Flag down from the state capitol grounds and relegate it to a history museum. They've linked it to the killings of nine black people last week in Charleston, and call it a symbol of racism and discrimination. What about California's state flag, which also has a troubling history? Novelist Alex Abella says it should go, too . Photo: Makaristos
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
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?