FROM Maryam Jamshidi
Travel ban takes effect As we head into the 4th of July weekend, when Americans celebrate not only the country's independence but its ideals and principles, President Trump's travel ban is complicating entry into the United States for visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries and suspends entry for refugees altogether. It's been less than 24 hours since the ban was reinstated , but its interpretation of what constitutes a valid relationship to enter the United States is already at the center of heated debate. The roll-out at airports has been less rocky, but the new rules are generating a new round of court fights. How will the travel ban work? What's the legal future of the measure? Can this temporary, modified ban prevent terror attacks, or does it hurt America's influence and standing in the world?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?
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?