FROM Jacob Sullum
Is There a Bipartisan Ceasefire in the War on Drugs? International statesmen and some law enforcement officials have long declared that the "War on Drugs" is a failure. American politics appear to be catching up. Last week, after President Obama told the New Yorker magazine that pot was no worse than alcohol, there was an almost deafening silence from Republican critics. In fact, GOP Governors Bobby Jindal and Rick Perry are talking up medical use and decriminalization, as even red states get on the bandwagon. Polls show more than half of Americans favor outright legalization, although even some long-time critics of the war on drugs warn that's going too far, and the Obama Administration is speaking with more than once voice. We look at the fast-changing, increasingly complicated politics of marijuana.
Will the Newtown Massacre Be a Game Changer? At a vigil last night in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama put last Friday's massacre of first-graders in the context of a year when multiple killings have become all too familiar. The latest of this year's multiple shootings killed six adults and 20 first-graders, none of them older than seven. Some call this the moment for action. Others warn about unintended consequences. With 300 million guns in circulation, what are the options?
Will the Newtown Massacre Be a Game Changer? As the funerals of 20 murdered first-graders are under way, calls are increasing for President Obama's "leadership" on gun control. After past multiple killings, he's called for a "conversation" but, despite shrill claims from pro-the gun lobby, never for concrete action. An unspeakable tragedy is the moment gun-control advocates have been waiting for, while others warn against "politicizing" a tragedy. We look at the options.
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?
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.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.