FROM Tim Mak
Is the House Intel Committee's Russia probe dead? Republican Congressman Devin Nunes of California is chair of the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian hacking and ties to the Trump campaign. Yesterday, on the White House lawn, he told reporters about a new discovery involving intelligence intercepts. "Details about US persons associated with the incoming administration – details with little to no apparent foreign intelligence value -- were widely disseminated in the intelligence community reporting." Today, Nunes apologized for telling reporters — and the Trump White House — before sharing the information with fellow committee members. Ranking Democrat Adam Schiff replied, that's not good enough. "So at this point the only people who do know are the Chairman and the President – and given that the President's associates are the subject of the investigation that's wholly inappropriate and unfortunately really impugns the credibility of the chairman in terms of his ability to conduct an independent investigation."
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?
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?