FROM Mark Sherman
SCOTUS takes up the separation of Church and State The US Supreme Court delayed arguments in a case involving the separation of Church and State until its ninth member was finally sworn in. Court watchers thought there might be a four-to-four division but, today, with Neil Gorsuch on the bench, it didn't look that way. Mark Sherman, who covers the court for the Associated Press , has more on today's arguments.
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?
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?