FROM Alyssa Rosenberg
The 'bully pulpit' in a divided nation After condemning Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan on Monday, President Trump spoke again yesterday of this weekend’s violence at the University of Virginia. The White House scheduled a press conference to change the subject from Saturday’s violence at the University of Virginia to infrastructure repair, but President Trump turned it into another defense of armed white racists and the demonstration they called Unite-the-Right. He seemed to find moral equivalence between armed white racists supporting a Confederate symbol and those who protested. David Duke and other white nationalists say they’re grateful for those words; Republicans are almost unanimous in their outrage. What are the consequences when a President provokes ideas and emotions that go back to the Civil War?
How Hollywood has shaped our attitudes toward police From the Andy Griffith Show to the Wire, Hollywood has had an enduring fascination with police. And vice-versa. The relationship between creatives and cops has been closer than one might think. The Washington Post has a new five-part series on 100 years of police in pop culture.
Diversity Is Selling Again in Prime Time The biggest hits on prime time, network TV this season reflect America's ethnic diversity—on screen and behind the cameras. How to Get Away with Murder , Fresh off the Boat , Jane the Virgin and Empire don't just feature black, Hispanic and Asian actors in major roles. They're good shows — produced by ethnically diverse crews of producers and writers. With help from social media, they've drawn the live audiences dear to advertisers, and they've delivered high ratings across the board. But skeptics say this has happened before, and Hollywood's executive suites are still dominated by white men. How long will it last?
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?
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?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.