FROM Jeremy Herb
Chuck Hagel in the Hot Seat at House Armed Services Committee Before the House Armed Services Committee today, Chuck Hagel defended the decision to swap five Taliban leaders for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. "We made the right decision, and we did it for the right reasons." The Defense Secretary said the Administration complied with the law and fulfilled the commitment to recover all captive military personnel under precedents for prisoner exchanges, which go back to the Revolutionary War. "War is always about human beings, not machines. War is a dirty business. And we don't like to deal with those realities but realities they are." Jeremy Herb, reports on the Defense Department for Politico .
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?