FROM Ellen Kreitzberg
Are Executions Cruel and Unusual Punishment? In San Jose yesterday, an anesthesiologist from Columbia Medical School said convicts executed by lethal injection in California may have been conscious and suffered excruciating pain. Today is the third day of hearings into whether the death penalty, as administered in this state, is "cruel and unusual punishment" prohibited by the US Constitution.
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?
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?