FROM Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller
Hawaii Comes Full Circle, Legalizes Gay Marriage By the end of today, Hawaii will be the fifteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage, a moment rich with historical irony. Hawaii's State Supreme Court recognized that right 20 years ago, setting off a backlash that impacted the rest of the country. Since 1993, Hawaii's controversy over same-sex marriage has established a pattern for other states and for Washington, DC, where the Defense of Marriage Act was enacted with Hawaii in mind. Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller is professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii and author of The Limits to Union , a history of the controversy.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.