FROM Alan Cullison
Ukraine Forces Dislodge Rebels in Eastern Ukraine “Final showdown” is how the government in Kiev frames today’s fighting with pro-Russia rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Over the weekend, they were dislodged from Slovyansk, an important base. Now both sides are preparing for a siege of Donestk, a city of one million and the capital of their self-proclaimed “independent” region. Alan Cullison is Moscow Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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?