- Making News: Reaction to Army Paying for Good News in Iraq
The Bush White House says it-s "very concerned" that US forces are paying Iraqi newspapers to run stories secretly written by American troops. Virginia-s Republican Senator John Warner asked the Pentagon for a briefing today at his Armed Forces Committee. Jonathan Landay is covering the story for Knight-Ridder.
- Reporter's Notebook: Texas Redistricting Plan Revealed
After Tom DeLay-s reapportionment plan in Texas, Republicans won five new seats in the Congress. Now it turns out that Justice Department lawyers assigned to the case were unanimous in deciding the plan violated federal law. The federal Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires states with histories of discriminatory elections to submit changes in voting systems or election maps to the Department of Justice. Today-s Washington Post reports on a 73-page staff memo by six lawyers and two analysts saying new Congressional districts in Texas illegally diluted black and Hispanic voting power in that state.
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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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