FROM Jennifer Brofer
Doing Away with 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' The ban on gays and lesbians in the US military will come to an end as soon as Congressional requirements for repeal have been satisfied. One requirement is a mandatory one-hour training session , which is now being given to Marines at bases worldwide. Questions such as whether the new policy will conflict with one's religious beliefs are not uncommon, and trainers assure those who ask that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" requires that they simply treat each other with mutual respect.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.