FROM Alan Beyer
Prospects for Lakers and Kobe Bryant after His Achilles Rupture The LA Lakers defeated the San Antonio Spurs last night at Staples Center, a surprise for more than one reason. The Spurs have the much better record this season. But, more importantly, the Lakers were one man short: the man who's been playing almost every minute of every recent game — even when team officials wished that he wouldn't. Kobe Bryant is out for the season and maybe longer than that.
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?
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?