FROM Heidi Beirich
The road to the White House: "Brass knuckles and back-alley brawls" Donald Trump's been sounding mellower lately, reading prepared speeches off a tele-prompter, but traditional GOP leaders are braced for what might come next. The campaign's latest CEO is Steve Bannon, who transformed the conservative website Breitbart by catering to the so-called "alt-right." That's the domain of white nationalism, misogynism, and anti-Semitism — anathema to mainstream Republicans. Breitbart has also published rumors about Hillary Clinton's health, adding false reports to the very real issues about e-mails, the Clinton Foundation — and trust.
Anti-Government Militia Continues Oregon Occupation For three days, armed protesters have been occupying a building on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Oregon. They've set up a roadblock and stationed armed guards in a tower used to spot wildfires on the federal preserve. The local sheriff says he doesn't plan to take action. The FBI is "monitoring" the situation. We hear about what's turning into a crisis for law enforcement from John Sepulvado, who is covering the story for Oregon Public Broadcasting , and Heidi Beirick, intelligence project director at the Southern Poverty Law Center . Ammon Bundy, 2014 Photo by Gage Skidmore
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.