FROM Kristiana Peitz
Cancellation of 'Idomeneo' Enrages Germans One of the "key judgments" of the partly declassified National Intelligence Estimate is that “jihadists regard Europe as an important venue for attacking Western interests.” But Berlin's opera company has sparked bitter controversy by canceling an opera which might be offensive to Muslims. In Idomeneo , Mozart suggests that religion – any religion -- can produce superstition and inhumanity.
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?
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.