FROM Shannon Watts
Have Mass Shootings Become the 'New Normal?' After 13 people were gunned down in Washington's Navy Yard Monday, the White House and Congress took a moment to mourn and went back to business. One Washington Post headline read: " RIP" (Rest in Peace) "for gun control ." Gun control advocates predicted big change after the school slaughter in Newtown, Connecticut, but Congress did nothing. And, last week, two Colorado lawmakers were recalled for supporting background checks for gun buyers and limited magazines. Gun rights advocates say there'd be less killing if more people were armed to defend themselves. Is it time to decide what kind of country America wants to be?
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?
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?
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?