FROM Frank Rich
Is Gun Control an Answer to Homegrown Terror? Investigators report that the female killer in San Bernardino pledged allegiance to ISIS on Facebook on the day the mass shooting occurred. It's not clear if the couple was directed by ISIS or only inspired, but it's more evidence that homegrown terrorism in the United States is a reality. The FBI and other agencies are monitoring hundreds of people in the hope of preventing similar crimes. Will all this increase the pressure for gun control, or will more Americans arm themselves in preparation for their worst nightmares?
Ebola Fears Spread in US The CDC says the spread of Ebola in the United States is very unlikely. But that doesn’t mean there’s no danger for some people. Early today, CDC head Tom Frieden noted, "We need to consider the possibility that there could be additional cases, particularly among the health care workers who cared for the index patient when he was so ill. That's when this health care worker became infected, and we're concerned and would unfortunately not be surprised if we did see additional cases in the health care workers who also provided care to the index patient." The “index patient” is Thomas Duncan, the man who died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital after arriving there from Liberia. Thomas Ksiazek is former chief of the CDC’s Pathogens Branch, which studies infections diseases. He’s now director of high containment laboratory operations at the Galveston National Laboratory. In August and September, he was in Sierra Leone to assist the government in controlling the Ebola outbreak.
Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church Mitt Romney speaks often about his faith in God and his loyalty to "the same church." But in 2007, when he made a carefully written speech about his religion, he mentioned the word "Mormon" only once. He seems "unable to talk about the very subject he seems to care about most, a lifelong source of spiritual, familial and intellectual sustenance." Despite his big money, years of organizing and a chattering-class consensus that he's the "inevitable" nominee, Romney has failed to connect with two-thirds of Republican voters. Should he be more open about his Mormon faith? How it would shape his conduct in office? We talk with fellow Mormons and others.
Is Mitt Romney Too Reticent about His Mormon Faith? Mitt Romney 's been called the "presumed front-runner," since the Republican campaign began, but most party members are looking for somebody else. Has Romney failed to tell them who he really is? He calls Mormonism key to his character and often mentions his faith in God and loyalty to "the same church," but he's refused to explain how his religion affects his public life. In his one speech on the subject, he used the word "Mormon" exactly once. He seems, "unable to talk about the very subject he seems to care about most, a lifelong source of spiritual, familial and intellectual sustenance." If he were more open, could he shake the impression that he's hiding something? Even some fellow Mormons say raising the question is not religious bigotry. We look for answers.
Obama, Washington, and Inner Cities Barack and Michelle Obama have promised to get involved in their new community, and the President says there are two Washington DC’s. One he describes as a “company town, all about government and generally pretty prosperous” while the other half is “going through enormous challenges.” He says he wants to bring those two Washington DC’s together.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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?