- Making News: Federal Debt Limit Increase Approved
Congress waited until the very last day before the US government would go into default before raising the debt limit to an unimaginable $8.18 trillion. The increase approved in just the last three years is two and a half times the total federal debt accumulated between 1776 and 1980. Michael Mandel, chief economist for BusinessWeek magazine, says this latest move is the result of recent and increasing budget deficits.
- Reporter's Notebook: Is America Adopting a -Theology of War?-
Video of a US marine killing an unarmed Iraqi insurgent has been broadcast around the world, as were images of inmate abuse at Abu Ghraib prison earlier this year. With questions again being raised about whether America-s war on terror has created a climate of excessive violence, 200 Christian theologians and ethicists from divinity schools around the have signed a -confession- about US policy and the role of Christianity. We hear more from Jim Wallis, editor of Sojourners magazine, and Richard Land, who directs the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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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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