FROM Andrew Leipold
Blagojevich Makes Closing Argument in Impeachment Trial Rod Blagojevich boycotted his impeachment trial by the State Senate, but today the Illinois Governor appeared to deliver an impassioned closing statement. He said the only evidence brought against him consisted of four taped telephone conversations which did not prove he committed a crime. As to accusation that he abused his power by importing illegal drugs from Canada, he said the idea came from former Congressman Rahm Emanuel, now White House Chief of Staff, and that it was approved by other figures in Washington. Andrew Leipold is Professor of Law at the University of Illinois.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?
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?