FROM James Grimaldi
Mueller investigating Flynn's role in Turkish kidnapping scheme It's well known that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that Mueller wants to know about alleged plans to transport a controversial Muslim cleric from the US to Turkey in exchange for $15 million. The Journal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James Grimaldi disentangles the allegations and denials.
Is Gun Control Dead? Since the deadly mass shooting in Tucson , three high school students have been shot near Los Angeles and a gunman killed two police officers in Miami. But there's been little support for new gun controls, in Washington or anyplace else. President Obama and White House aides have avoided the issue. In the past, mass murder and the killings, and attempted killings, of public figures have led to restrictions on guns, but times have changed. Recently, even those incidents that have worked their way into the language —Columbine, the DC sniper, Virginia Tech — have not. Have Democrats lost their nerve? Has the NRA won the battle? We hear from pollsters, reporters, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the world's biggest gun trade show, going on now in Las Vegas.
US Gun Stores on the Mexican Border Supply Drug War Arsenals A law passed by Congress in 2003 protects the identities of US gun dealers who sold firearms that have been seized at crime scenes in Mexico. Today's Washington Post reports that it has "cracked that secrecy," and names the top dealers in California, Arizona and Texas. It also explains why not much is being done to stop the practice. Of the top 12 dealers whose guns have been traced to Mexico's brutal drug violence, eight are in Texas, three in Arizona and one in California. James Grimaldi co-authored today's report.
Scandal and Resignations at the Smithsonian The Smithsonian Institutions run nineteen museums along with the Washington Zoo, but behind the scenes all has not been well. In March, Lawrence Small resigned as Secretary of the Smithsonian, a job he held for seven years. Yesterday his deputy Sheila Burke also stepped down, saying she took note of criticism but more importantly, that she wanted the organization to “move on.” Tomorrow, another shoe is expected to drop in the reform of an independent report on management practices.
Scandal Leads to Another Resignation at the Smithsonian Millions of Americans this summer will be visiting museums run by the Smithsonian Institution , some of Washington's most popular attractions. But all has not been well behind the scenes. In advance of a highly-critical report on management expected tomorrow, major changes are under way. Lawrence Small resigned in March as Secretary of the Smithsonian, a job he held for seven years. Yesterday, his deputy, Sheila Burke , also stepped down, saying that she wanted the organization to "move on." Tomorrow, another shoe is expected to drop in the reform of an independent report on management practices. James Grimaldi is an investigative reporter for the Washington Post .
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?
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?