FROM James Grimaldi
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 .
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.