FROM Sharda Ugra
India, the Next Great Basketball Superpower? When Yao Ming was signed by the Houston Rockets, professional basketball picked up millions of cable viewers in China. Now the Sacramento Kings have signed a 7-foot, 5-inch player of Indian descent, with high hopes of appealing to a massive audience in that country. Simran Bhullar grew up in Canada, where his parents immigrated from India. He’s 7-feet, 5-inches tall, and he played well for New Mexico State University. Now he’s been signed by the Sacramento Kings, whose owner has his eye on 600 million cable viewers on the sub-continent. Sharda Ugra joins us from New Delhi, where she is senior editor of ESPN’s CricInfo.com, which covers the sport of Cricket.
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?
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.