FROM Mel Stewart
America's swimmers steal the spotlight in Rio There’s a consensus among sports historians that the world has never seen an athlete like Michael Phelps…going all the way back to the Olympiad of Ancient Greece. Last night, at the age of 31, he won his 13th Gold Medal in spectacular fashion — during his fifth Olympics. That’s not to take the spotlight off Simone Manuel, the first black woman American swimmer to win Gold -- while setting an Olympic record. Mel Stewart, who was called "Gold Medal Mel" as a two-time Olympic champion in 1992, is founder of the sport's leading news website, Swim Swam . Steward has more on the two Americans who made history of a special kind last night in Rio. American Swimmers Michael Phelps and Simone Manuel react after their Gold Medal wins yesterday in Rio.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.