FROM Christy Hoppe
Midnight Battle over Abortion in Texas Legislature In Austin, Texas, legislators were up until almost three this morning for a chaotic session featuring a 13-hour filibuster against new abortion restrictions. Fifteen minutes before midnight, Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte tried to make her voice heard by the Republican majority, which had been ignoring her during a lengthy session. Christy Hoppe, Austin Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News , picks up the story.
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?
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.