We have another maddening but important cover story this week: A current member of Congress tells about the outrageous transactional politics controlling Capitol Hill. What does it mean? He says both Democrats and Republicans agree behind the scenes to refrain from cutting spending and programs that benefit special interests. He also says members of Congress are often legislating based on the desires of corporate donors rather than constituents. Don't miss this extraordinary interview.
Lisa Fletcher digs into the most-feared gang known as MS-13, which has spread to a majority of states in the U.S., bringing violence with it. Gang members are especially focused on recruiting from the pool of thousands of unaccompanied minors who illegally crossed into the U.S. in the last few years. Once here, the youths become legal, are allowed to stay, and are placed in communities and schools nationwide. But they become ripe targets for strong-arm gang members.
And you won't want to miss my interview with a liberal University of Texas professor. He supported President Obama and Bernie Sanders but slams the news media for what he says is our unfair treatment of President Trump--a politician he neither likes nor agrees with, but who, he says, deserves accurate reporting.[hr]
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