FROM John O'Keeffe
America's Oldest Question: Who Owns the Land? The current standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon is the latest example of "sagebrush rebellions" that dot the history of the American West. The federal government owns a majority of the land on behalf of all Americans. But local residents become outraged if their interests aren't being protected. In this case, armed outsiders claim the right to take over, even though locals don't agree. But the basic truth of the matter is this: Cattle ranching, mining, oil drilling, recreation and environmental protection often have trouble getting along.
Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.