FROM Michael Gerhardt
When Does a Lawyer's Mistake Become Judicial Misconduct? The Bush Justice Department began an investigation of lawyers who signed so-called " torture memos " authorizing waterboarding and other brutal methods of interrogation. The completed inquiry is scheduled to be made public, but some findings and recommendations are already being reported. Among those are that John Yoo , Jay Bybee and Steven Bradbury should not be prosecuted, but might be subject to disciplinary action which could result in disbarment. Michael Gerhardt is Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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?
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?
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.
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.