FROM Frederick Gedicks
Contraceptives, Obamacare and Religious Freedom Religious organizations are fighting some mandates of the Affordable Care Act , but it's not about cost. It's about moral objections to contraception. Obamacare requires employer-provided insurance to pay for contraceptives, including the morning after pill, so women can get them for free. For the past year, religious organizations, family-owned businesses and others have claimed that violates their religious freedom. After lawsuits and public outcry, the Administration has offered exemptions it says will serve women's health needs and religious liberty at the same time. We update a controversy that might end up in the US Supreme Court.
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?
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.
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?
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?