FROM Sam Ames
Obama Calls for an End to Gay Conversion Therapies A petition calling for an end to so-called "conversion therapy" was signed by 120,000 people and sent to the White House. It was sparked by the suicide of Leelah Alcorn , a 17-year old transgender person. White House advisor Valerie Jarrett wrote in response, "We share your concern about the potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth." Yesterday, the President responded with a pledge to ban the practice for young people. Sam Ames is staff attorney and BornPerfect campaign coordinator at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Photo: Steve Eason
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?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?