FROM Bryce Covert
The Movement for Pay Transparency President Obama signed two executive orders today on equal pay for women employed by federal contractors. He appeared with Lilly Ledbetter, whose name is on the Equal Pay Act, the first bill he signed after taking office. He was surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters. In the economy as a whole, women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Republicans like to point out that there’s also a gender gap at the White House -- with women making 88 cents compared to the men. Bryce Covert is economic policy editor at Think Progress and a contributor to The Nation magazine.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?
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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?