FROM Ali Waked
Is George Bush Engaged in Lame Duck Diplomacy? The President predicts peace in the Middle East before he leaves office in January of next year. He says it's time for Israel to end 41 years of occupation and allow contiguous boundaries for a Palestinian state. We hear about today's visits to Ramallah and Bethlehem, and look at the prospects for the second part of his Middle East mission, continuing the effort to isolate Iran. The Arab states seem to be losing interest and focusing now on who America's next president might be.
Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?' A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."