FROM Greg Conger
The Final Check-Out for an Ambitious Grocery Chain Early this year, a grocery chain with just 18 stores in Washington and Oregon bought up 146 supermarkets in five other states , including 83 in California. Just nine months later, Haggen has declared bankruptcy , and announced plans to close all its California stores , and laid off 2000 workers -- with another 6000 jobs on the line. (We invited Haggen and Comvest Partners to participate in this discussion, but they both declined.)
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?
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?