On U.S. Flag Day we look at the issues facing our nation and wonder if and how they can be resolved. Flag Day commemorates the Continental Congress's adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the standard in 1777 when everything was fresh and new and hopes for a brave new future were set in motion, to be played out on the global game board, coming full circle at the end. Today the District of Columbia holds its Democratic primary - the last one for 2016. Yeah! What will Bernie's next move be? It's still hard to believe that in this day and age our options are Trump and Hillary.
After the Sunday shootings in Orlando, Trump is broadening his proposed ban on Muslim immigrants, while Hillary Clinton accused him of damaging efforts to defeat terrorism. The Orlando massacre, and possible responses to it, are likely to dominate the agenda as Democrats and Republicans use different words to describe the rampage, and as policy debates over access to guns and over national security begin anew. U.S. Army attack helicopters in Iraq have entered the fight against Islamic State militants. American troops aren't supposed to have a combat role there, but this move puts them closer to the fight.
June 14, 2016 - US Flag Day