FROM Richard Tafel
The Obama Administration and Gay Rights In 1969, even civil rights activists were barely aware of the so-called Stonewall Rebellion that began the movement for equal treatment of gays and lesbians in the United States. But yesterday, President Obama comemorated that event in the White House with 250 movement leaders. He acknowledged that, despite extraordinary progress in the past 40 years, many are very impatient.
Gay Rights and the Obama Administration In 1969, even civil rights activists were barely aware of the so-called Stonewall Rebellion that began the movement for equal treatment of gays and lesbians in the US. Yesterday, Barack Obama commemorated that event in the White House with 250 gay and lesbian movement leaders who supported him in his presidential campaign but now are critical over his lack of action since becoming President. As a candidate, Obama had promised action to repeal " Don't Ask, Don't Tell " and to get Congress to take another look at the Defense of Marriage Act . We hear how expectations have clashed with harsh reality and political expediency. Would emphasis on gay rights get in the way of the President's broader agenda? Would Republicans use the issue next year against Democrats in swing districts?
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.