The Trump administration has cited former F.B.I. head James Comey's handling of the Clinton e-mail review as reason for his dismissal yesterday. But Come had also been heading up the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and was due to testify before lawmakers tomorrow——a fact that had members of both parties raising questions about the timing. Today, Vice President Mike Pence denied any correlation, but questions from other congressional leaders have persisted. Among the biggest: is there anyone who both sides of the aisle would have faith in? Kimberley Strassel, author and editorial board member at The Wall Street Journal, Heather Cox Richardson, a professor of political history at Boston College and Evan Horowitz, policy writer at The Boston Globe, joined Adam Reilly to discuss.

Is our collective obsession with President Donald Trump making the media miss the boat on a lot of big stories? That’s the argument of Retired Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich, who, in a piece titled "Forbidden Questions," outlines 24 key issues he says the Washington elite and the media are ignoring. Among them is the final proposal for a U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan. It's been 16 years since American military forces first went in to fight Al Qaeda and the Taliban there. Officially, NATO ended combat operations in 2014, but U.S. troops have remained and now, the Trump administration is reportedly considering a proposal to add 3-to-5,000 more American troops in Afghanistan on top of the 8,000 currently there. The new strategy would give the Pentagon the power to set troop levels and authorize strikes instead of the White House, which currently makes those decisions. If approved, the plan would be a reversal of President Obama's efforts to scale back the longest-running military conflict in U.S. history. Trump is expected to make a decision by the end of the month. Retired Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich joined Adam to discuss.

As Boston Mayor Marty Walsh seeks a second mayoral term, he’s making some bold claims about how safe the city is. On Greater Boston on April 25, for example, Walsh told Jim Braude that Boston is the “safest city, midsize city, in America.” On April 30, at a campaign stop in Dorchester, the mayor went even further, labeling Boston “the safest city in all of America” — a description that was subsequently tweeted out by Walsh’s campaign manager, John Laadt.