FROM Jodi Enda
Where Have All the Watchdogs Gone? Regulatory agencies are boring until brakes fail, mines explode and oil-rigs blow up. But as newspapers cut back to save money, one of the casualties is coverage of those myriad Washington's agencies. Can media watchdogs prevent the worst case scenarios from occurring? What are the consequences of cutbacks in coverage? Washington writer Jodi Enda is a former White House correspondent for Knight-Ridder.
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?
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.
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?