- Newsmaker: Composite Implicated in Crash of American Flight 587 - The tragic crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in New York last month has drawn attention to the lightweight composite materials used for critical parts of airplanes. Weakness in the tail of the Airbus A300 may have been a factor in a crash that killed 265 people. Craig Schmitman, editor of AeroSpaceNews.com, elaborates on the complicated formula of FAA regulations, public safety, and profit margin.
- Reporter's Notebook: Bush Bypassing Congress in Domestic War against Terror - Last week, there were harsh words between Attorney General John Ashcroft and some Senate Democrats over who makes the rules during war. President Bush wants to fight the war on terrorism his own way. Does the Constitution give Congress a role? David Savage, who wrote about that today in the Los Angeles Times, has more on the wartime power struggle between the Commander-in-Chief and the Congress.
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After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?
Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.
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