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The Nation Speaks (April 17): As Riots Return, What Lies Ahead; Supreme Court Under Review; Out of Afghanistan

In Minnesota, former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for murder in the in-custody death of George Floyd. Then, last week, barely 10 miles from the courtroom, now ex-officer Kim Potter accidentally shot her gun, instead of her taser, at another black man during a traffic stop, killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Demonstrators poured into the streets. Cities across the country have seen nights of arson, looting, and violent clashes with police.

To help us gain perspective on what’s happening and what might lie ahead is Sgt. Betsy Smith, spokesperson for the National Police Association and Andy Ngo, independent investigative journalist and author of “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan To Destroy Democracy.”

On the campaign trail, packing the Supreme Court became a hot topic. Candidate Joe Biden refused to say whether he was in favor of it or not, but promised to study the matter. To that end, on April 9 he established a 34-member bipartisan commission to hold public meetings, evaluate reform proposals, and deliver a report in 6 months.

How much teeth does this commission have? Two guests weigh in: Adam Carrington, associate professor at Hillsdale College’s Van Andel Graduate School of Statesmanship. And Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.

And this week, President Biden announced that the U.S. military will end its 20-year presence in Afghanistan, and there are widely divergent views on the wisdom and risks of the move. Those divisions are inside parties and among veterans themselves. Here discuss the decision is Gunnery Sgt. Jessie Jane Duff. She served 20 years of active duty with the U.S. Marine Corp.

Finally, we have America Q&A. This week we ask if governors should have unlimited powers to deal with pandemic-related issues. And, we find out how much Americans value our elderly.