FROM Alan Blinder
Time for a Woman Fed Chairman or Is Banking Still a Man's World? Ben Bernanke's term as Chair of the Federal Reserve won't end until January, but the campaign over who should replace him is already hot and heavy. Larry Summers and Janet Yellen are the leading candidates to replace Bernanke. It's a highly technical job of global importance, but the campaign between their supporters has raised issues of a different kind. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd has written that Summers "is being pushed by the boys' club around President Obama." Is Yellen as well qualified as Summers? Is it time for a woman, or is big-time banking still a man's world? Is the gender issue relevant to a technical job of global importance?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.