FROM Peter Boyer
Endeavour's Last Ride, Giffords' Struggling Recovery Once it's retired, the shuttle Endeavour will go on display at the California Science Center in downtown Los Angeles. But first, its last space flight is scheduled for launch tomorrow with President Obama, his family and recovering Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords on hand. Gifford's husband, Mark Kelly, will be the commander. We hear about more about the end of the shuttle program and the struggle of recovering Congresswoman Giffords.
Gabby Giffords' Struggling Recovery Since she was shot in the head at a town meeting in Tucson, Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is said to have made dramatic progress, enough that she's been able to travel to Florida, where she'll watch the launch of Endeavour, piloted by her husband, Mark Kelly . Peter Boyer wrote an extensive story in last week's Newsweek magazine about what's really going on with Giffords.
Stem Cells and the Politics of Science and Religion President Obama's director of the National Institutes of Health was approved by the Senate without objection, but is now cancelling stem cell research projects he approved, because a federal judge has ruled that they violate the intent of Congress. This week's New Yorker contains an extensive profile of Francis Collins , who brought the Human Genome Project to a successful conclusion, early and millions under budget, but now finds himself in an odd position, partly because he's a believing Christian. Peter Boyer wrote the story.
With Two weeks Left, a Look at Four Wildcard Senate Races President Bush is not promising to "stay the course" any more, but changing the message won't make bad news sound any better. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham said today that Iraq is "on the verge of chaos," and that's the main reason his party may lose its majority in the Senate. Exactly two weeks from election day, Democrats have their eyes on a prize that was thought to be out of their reach just a few weeks ago. Political handicappers are focused on Missouri and Virginia, where Republican incumbents are in trouble; and Tennessee, where Republican Bill Frist is stepping down. Democrats have to win at least two, but it won't be easy. We get reports from all three states, and from New Jersey, where an incumbent Democrat just might lose.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.