FROM Angus Johnston
How to silence white supremacists without censoring them Demonstrators rally before the speech by Richard Spencer Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters The University of Florida obeyed its own rules yesterday and allowed white supremacist Richard Spencer to rent a hall and deliver a speech. The audience got to speak, too – shouting him down with, "Go home Spencer, go home Spencer" and "Go home, you can't hide. You support genocide." Was it a test of the First Amendment? We ask Angus Johnston, a professor at the City University of New York and a historian of student activism.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?
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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.