FROM Jeremy Herb
Chuck Hagel in the Hot Seat at House Armed Services Committee Before the House Armed Services Committee today, Chuck Hagel defended the decision to swap five Taliban leaders for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. "We made the right decision, and we did it for the right reasons." The Defense Secretary said the Administration complied with the law and fulfilled the commitment to recover all captive military personnel under precedents for prisoner exchanges, which go back to the Revolutionary War. "War is always about human beings, not machines. War is a dirty business. And we don't like to deal with those realities but realities they are." Jeremy Herb, reports on the Defense Department for Politico .
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.