- Newsmaker: Wildfires Rage in Arizona
The most dangerous of the big fires now consuming the West is in Arizona, where two massive blazes have joined to threaten both contemporary life and historic relics. The 300,000 acres blaze, which has consumed 185 homes, could reach 500,000 acres. Paul Maryniak, who reports for the Metro section of the Arizona Republic, looks at the unpredictable inferno that is creating its own weather system.
- Reporter's Notebook: Supreme Court Rules for Juries over Judges on Death Penalty
Last week, the US Supreme Court ruled that mentally retarded convicts cannot be put to death. Today, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas voted with the majority to overturn at least 150 death sentences in several states. Former federal prosecutor and Supreme Court clerk Eddie Lazarus says the death penalty advocates- difficult conflict-of-principle decision will continue to slow executions in the US.
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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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