FROM Alex Nowrasteh
Terrorism by remote control: Is there any protection? Should President Trump's travel ban on refugees and visitors from seven mostly Muslim countries be re-instated? The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments today. The President's massively disruptive travel ban is aimed at refugees and travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries, but nearly all terrorist acts in the US since 911 have been committed by US citizens. Furthermore, there's new evidence that ISIS recruiters and handlers operate remotely — without anybody having to cross any borders at all. Rather than focusing on keeping potential terrorists out of the country, should we focus on those who are already here?
The real threat of a refugee becoming a terrorist in the US A bowl of skittles — brightly colored, fruit-flavored candies — inspired a controversial meme-gone-viral by Donald Trump, Jr., son of the GOP Presidential nominee. He tweeted : "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem." So how many skittles would it take to accurately reflect the chances of an American being killed by a Syrian refugee? We ask Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the CATO Institute , the libertarian think-tank.
President Obama Walks Tightrope on Immigration Reform Murrieta is a rural outback in Southern California that's getting its moment of fame by dramatizing both sides of the latest political crisis over immigration. Last week, protesters there stopped immigration officials from unloading buses of Central American children who had crossed the border in Texas, which didn’t have room to house them to be officially processed. Last night, resident Ilene Barker told Saul Gonzalez of KCRW public radio that the US can’t afford any more immigrants. Meantime, across town, Cassandra Rules took part in a counter-protest on the side of the immigrant kids. The opposing voices in Murietta reflect a nation divided over what to do about those 57,000 children who have risked abuse, injury and death to make their way to the United States from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.