FROM Ameena Mirza Qazi
Local Muslims' Lawsuit Smacked Down by Obama Administration The "state secrets privilege" allows the federal government to ask lawsuits to be dismissed on the grounds that evidence might damage national security. As a candidate, President Obama accused the Bush Administration of using the privilege too much. His own Justice Department has now invoked it twice, most recently this week in a class action case on behalf of the Islamic Center of Irvine, which accuses the FBI of religious discrimination.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?