- Newsmaker: House Vote on Bush Tax Cut - The first installment of President Bush's tax cut is expected to get narrow approval in the House today, but Senate Democrats, who have criticized the plan for threatening monies for needed social programs, are expected to demand a rewrite. Dave Rapp, of Congressional Quarterly, assesses the politics and policy of today's House action.
- Reporter's Notebook: Furor over Dale Earnhardt Autopsy Photos - The Orlando Sentinel has requested autopsy photos of Dale Earnhardt in the wake of his fatal racing accident, but Earnhardt's family are calling it a sick invasion of privacy. Tim Franklin says his paper only seeks to determine if the injuries were preventable. Tim Nickens, of the St. Petersburg Times, recalls a similar case.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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