FROM Matt Apuzzo
Justice Report Finds Widespread Racial Bias in Ferguson PD After an extensive investigation, the US Department of Justice has cleared former Ferguson Missouri police officer Darren Wilson of civil rights violations in the shooting death of the unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. A separate report found widespread racial bias in the city's police department. Reporter Matt Apuzzo is following the case for the New York Times and has the details.
Blackwater Verdict Four Blackwater contractors were found guilty today in the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007. The massacre marked a turning point in the Iraq conflict, and inflamed anti-American sentiment in Iraq and abroad. It also recast Blackwater as an agency unto itself; above the law, needlessly violent and reckless.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?