FROM Max Brantley
Dissecting the Primary Elections Democrat Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Republican Bob Bennett of Utah both lost their re-nomination bids in party primaries this year. Democrat Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas was forced into a runoff, held yesterday. Despite predictions that angry liberals would give her the boot, she won. Did angry voters take it out on incumbents? Did Sarah Palin make any difference? Did the Tea Party do well anywhere outside Nevada? Will this be the year of the woman, especially in California?
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'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.
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?