FROM John Sepulvado
Free speech on campus: Racism and public safety Last weekend's deadly violence at the University of Virginia is considered a "victory" by strategists for the so-called alt-right. It was no accident that the "Unite the Right" rally was staged on a university campus by white nationalists trying to grow their movement. From the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to UC Berkeley, they're looking for young leaders disillusioned and angry about politics and economics. Colleges and universities are committed to free speech -- whatever the message. So, it's hard to keep speakers off campus — even if there's potential for violence. We look at the strategy of white supremacists and the muted response from leaders of higher education.
Prosecution of wildlife refuge takeover A jury acquitted seven people accused of leading an armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge yesterday. Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, were among the leaders. The Bundy family has become the face of a national movement that wants the federal government to relinquish control over its western lands.
Resolution to Standoff at Oregon Wildlife Refuge? The armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon is almost over. Three of the last four occupiers surrendered to the FBI today. As we go to air, the fourth, David Fry, is reportedly refusing to leave. John Sepulvado, Weekend Edition Host for Oregon Public Broadcasting , has the latest.
Oregon Standoff Leaders Arrested, One Dead after Shootout It's been almost a month since armed militants occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon, but state and federal officials are cracking down. One man was killed last night during a traffic stop by state highway police. Security around the Refuge has been tightened. John Sepulvado is covering developments for Oregon Public Broadcasting .
Anti-Government Militia Continues Oregon Occupation For three days, armed protesters have been occupying a building on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Oregon. They've set up a roadblock and stationed armed guards in a tower used to spot wildfires on the federal preserve. The local sheriff says he doesn't plan to take action. The FBI is "monitoring" the situation. We hear about what's turning into a crisis for law enforcement from John Sepulvado, who is covering the story for Oregon Public Broadcasting , and Heidi Beirick, intelligence project director at the Southern Poverty Law Center . Ammon Bundy, 2014 Photo by Gage Skidmore
The Bergdahl Exchange, a Soft Economy, and Dowd Gets Baked The Bergdahl exchange raises questions about the Taliban, looking at the real state of the US economy, and Maureen Dowd gets really high in Colorado.
Two Economies, Immigration, Syria, and Second Term Woes The Syrian ‘red line’ seems to have moved. Are good job numbers really that good? Congress looks again at immigration reform. And is Obama blowing his second term?
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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?