FROM Larry Jacobs
Recall Drags on in Minnesota Senate Race About three million votes were cast in last month's US Senate race in Minnesota, and the margin between the candidates is about 200, a difference of a few thousandths of one percent, making it appear impossible to determine a winner, even after a recount. Republican Senator Norm Coleman was considered vulnerable, and Democrat Al Franken gave up his job as a TV comedian to take Coleman on. What's happened might be funny if a US Senate stake wasn't at stake. Larry Jacobs is director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the University of Minnesota.
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.
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?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.