FROM Zeke Miller
The US Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage The US Supreme Court made history today in a 5-to-4 ruling that the Constitution grants all Americans equal rights to marry. Four dissenters, led by Chief Justice John Roberts, said the matter should have been left to the voters, but it applies to all 50 states. President Obama called it a victory for all Americans. We hear about the legal arguments, the social consequences and the political fallout.
Indiana Governor Backtracks on Religious Freedom Protection Act Indiana's Republican Governor Mike Pence said today the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act he signed last week is being misrepresented. "After much reflection and joint consultation with leaders of the general assembly, I've come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear this law doesn't give businesses the right to deny services to anyone. " But widespread claims that it legalizes discrimination have clearly struck home. While Indiana Republicans claim their new law is similar to the federal law with the same name signed by Bill Clinton in 1993, President Obama's Press Secretary Josh Ernest said today they're fundamentally different. "The law in Indiana doesn't just apply to interactions with government. It also applies to private transactions as well. Which means it is a much more open ended legislation that could reasonable be used to justify discriminating against somebody because of who they love." Zeke Miller is following the political consequences Time magazine.
Key Issues on Tap for GOP Congress Forty nations sent heads of state or foreign ministers to Paris for yesterday's march against terrorism. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Palestinian leader Abbas and even the King of Jordan marched. The US sent an Ambassador. We hear what the White House says now — and how Congress might respond in the aftermath of last week's terrorism.
Secret Service Director Faces Questions About White House Security Breaches After reports of White House intruders, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today demanded to know if the President and his family are safe. They grilled Julia Pierson, the head of the Secret Service. Zeke Miller is politics reporter for Time magazine.
Benghazi Suspect Captured in Secret Raid In an action that's been a long time coming, the Pentagon announced today a suspected ringleader of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya a year and a half ago has been captured. Zeke Miller covers politics and the White House for Time magazine.
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?