Coming up on today’s show:
- On Monday, President Donald Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security advisor. McMaster is a West Point graduate who earned a Silver Star during the 1991 Gulf War, and is well regarded for his innovative military strategies. George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker who first wrote about McMaster in 2006, weighs in on McMaster’s appointment.
- Iraqi led forces launched an offensive charge against ISIS to retake the western part of Mosul on Sunday. In light of the recent efforts from the Iraqi Army, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday. Emma Graham-Harrison, an international affairs correspondent for The Guardian, joins The Takeaway to discuss the latest efforts by Iraqi forces and what Mattis' visit to Iraq may signify.
- The Presidents’ Day holiday weekend proved to be a difficult time for lawmakers who are wrestling over the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, among other issues. Here with an update on the latest is Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich.
- In the early months of 2017, there’s been an unprecedented amount of activity on the state-level in regards to broadband access. Large telecommunications monopolies are digging their heels in on a number of issues and, in some places, citizens are fighting back. Here to explain is Christopher Mitchell, director of Community Broadband Networks at the Institute for Local Self Reliance.
- Back in 2010, a 15-year-old Mexican citizen was shot across the U.S.-Mexico border by a border patrol agent. Is he protected by the Constitution? It’s a question The Supreme Court will hear in the case Hernandez Vs. Mesa. Margaret Hu, associate professor of law at Washington and Lee University, discusses the case and what the ruling would mean for the future.
- The latest installment of our Case in Point series explores a legal case about the rights of registered sex offenders that has gone all the way to the Supreme Court. Andrew Cohen, commentary editor at The Marshall Project, and Glenn Gerding, North Carolina Appellate Defender, discuss the case.
- Daryl Davis, a musician, speaker, and author, discusses his experience as a black man seeking out members of the KKK and other race-oriented hate groups to challenge their prejudices. His story is told in the new documentary, "Accidental Courtesy."