Adam Liptak talked about the Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case, Gill v. Whitford. The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in its 2017-18 term. A lower court ruled that the state’s Republican-drawn electoral district map established an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.”
Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin spoke at a summit focusing on veteran issues. The former president and first lady discussed transition programs for veterans and their families, and Secretary Shulkin took questions on veterans' health care, including post traumatic stress and suicide.
The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Hernandez v. Mesa, a case on whether constitutional protections can extend past U.S. boundaries. The case concerns whether the family of a a 15-year-old unarmed boy on the Mexican side of the border can sue a U.S. Border Patrol agent for shooting and killing him. The shooting took place in a concrete culvert that separates El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, with the boy on the Mexican side of the border and the agent on the U.S. side.
Robert Caro talked about talks about, “On Power,” his audio project on the evolution and exercise of political power in America. He also talked about the progress he is making on the next volume of his multi-part biography of former President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Panelists talked about ongoing efforts to improve the state of U.S. homeland security. Speakers included Obama administration Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and George W. Bush administration homeland security adviser Kenneth Wainstein.
This program was part of a House Homeland Security Committee forum with members of Congress and current and former administration officials on national security policy.
The House considered four bills under suspension of the rules, including one that expands trucking opportunities for veterans. Another would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide recommendations on disaster relief for common areas of condominiums and cooperatives.
Representative Barry Loudermilk discusses security for members of Congress, Representative Peter Welch talks about prescription drug prices, and USA Today's Kevin Johnson takes a look at the personnel shortage at federal maximum security prisons.