FROM Pat Duggins
Same Sex Marriage Proceeds in Alabama When a federal court overturned Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage, the state appealed to the US Supreme Court. Today, the appeal was rejected, and same-sex couples lined up to apply for licenses. But the controversial Chief Justice of Alabama's State Supreme Court has ordered probate judges to continue observing state law. Chief Justice Roy Moore was removed from the bench after advocating a monument to the 10 commandments in a courthouse — and then re-elected. Pat Duggins is News Director at Alabama Public Radio , based in Tuscaloosa.
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?
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.