FROM Maya Berry
Portland train attach sparks Free Speech debate A pro-Trump and Free Speech Rally in Portland Oregon yesterday attracted a counter-protest across the street. Police made arrests, but nobody was injured. The events attracted national attention in the aftermath of a double murder on a train 10 days ago—raising questions about the city’s past and whether “hate speech” is protected by the First Amendment.
America’s Muslim Icons The great boxer Muhammad Ali converted to Islam in the 1960s, changing his name from Cassius Clay. Ali was arguably ‘the greatest’ in boxing, for sure. And since his death last week, many have also called Muhammad Ali the greatest American Muslim. He was one of America’s most famous Muslims, but there are many notable American Muslims. Some are very public about their faith, some aren’t. And since it’s Ramadan – the holy month that most of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are currently observing – we thought we’d talk about who some of America’s Muslim icons are.
Reality Checks on The Donald Donald Trump has famously contradicted himself many times, but he's been relentlessly consistent on two major proposals. He wants a moratorium on any foreign Muslims entering the country, and he wants all undocumented workers to be deported. Both are crucial to Trump's base of support, and both have been roundly denounced — even by some members of the Republican Party. The moratorium has been called both un-American and unconstitutional, but we hear about some legal precedents that may surprise you. As to mass deportation, what would it take to round up 10 to 12 million people? What would it mean for the size of government and the economy?
The Security Threat from Syrian Refugees: Rhetoric or Reality? America — the nation of immigrants — is divided again on yet another case of "huddled masses yearning to be free" after one of Friday's attackers in Paris was found to be carrying a Syrian passport. It's still not clear if the document was official or fake, but it's raised the possibility that one or more of the brutal terrorists crossed the French border disguised as a Syrian refugee. This year, the US has admitted 1800 Syrians who were fleeing civil war, and President Obama plans to admit 10,000 more. But that's created a political firestorm. Is a ban on Muslim refugees from Syria needed to keep America safe? Would it help ISIS recruiters show that the US is making war on Islam?
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.
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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.