FROM Robert Dunham
Death penalty is on the ballot in a few of states A guard escorts a condemned inmate down a corridor in the East Block during a media tour of California's Death Row at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, California December 29, 2015 Photo: Stephen Lam/Reuters Nebraska and Oklahoma are voting on measures that would institutionalize capital punishment. In California , there's a proposition to abolish the death penalty… and another that supporters claim would make implementation easier. Robert Dunham is Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center , discusses the politics of capital punishment.
Life or Death for the Boston Marathon Bomber? The evidence of guilt is not open to question. Jahar Tsarnaev's attorneys conceded he helped plant the bombs that killed three and injured 260. Now the jury that convicted him must decide the sentence. But even the families of victims disagree. Some insist only his death will provide closure. Others say his execution would inevitably be delayed by an endless round of appeals, prolonging their agony. Opening arguments began today in the penalty phase of a trial that raises basic questions about justice in America.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?