FROM James Grimaldi
Is Gun Control Dead? Since the deadly mass shooting in Tucson , three high school students have been shot near Los Angeles and a gunman killed two police officers in Miami. But there's been little support for new gun controls, in Washington or anyplace else. President Obama and White House aides have avoided the issue. In the past, mass murder and the killings, and attempted killings, of public figures have led to restrictions on guns, but times have changed. Recently, even those incidents that have worked their way into the language —Columbine, the DC sniper, Virginia Tech — have not. Have Democrats lost their nerve? Has the NRA won the battle? We hear from pollsters, reporters, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the world's biggest gun trade show, going on now in Las Vegas.
US Gun Stores on the Mexican Border Supply Drug War Arsenals A law passed by Congress in 2003 protects the identities of US gun dealers who sold firearms that have been seized at crime scenes in Mexico. Today's Washington Post reports that it has "cracked that secrecy," and names the top dealers in California, Arizona and Texas. It also explains why not much is being done to stop the practice. Of the top 12 dealers whose guns have been traced to Mexico's brutal drug violence, eight are in Texas, three in Arizona and one in California. James Grimaldi co-authored today's report.
Scandal and Resignations at the Smithsonian The Smithsonian Institutions run nineteen museums along with the Washington Zoo, but behind the scenes all has not been well. In March, Lawrence Small resigned as Secretary of the Smithsonian, a job he held for seven years. Yesterday his deputy Sheila Burke also stepped down, saying she took note of criticism but more importantly, that she wanted the organization to “move on.” Tomorrow, another shoe is expected to drop in the reform of an independent report on management practices.
Scandal Leads to Another Resignation at the Smithsonian Millions of Americans this summer will be visiting museums run by the Smithsonian Institution , some of Washington's most popular attractions. But all has not been well behind the scenes. In advance of a highly-critical report on management expected tomorrow, major changes are under way. Lawrence Small resigned in March as Secretary of the Smithsonian, a job he held for seven years. Yesterday, his deputy, Sheila Burke , also stepped down, saying that she wanted the organization to "move on." Tomorrow, another shoe is expected to drop in the reform of an independent report on management practices. James Grimaldi is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post .
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.