FROM Aluf Benn
Has the War with Iran Already Begun? Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates for president have accused President Obama of not doing enough to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. At today's news conference, the President struck back hard. Is Obama lax about Iran's possible nuclear weapon, or is he George W. "Bush on steroids?" We hear about what looks like a covert war against Iran and what the consequences might be, intended and otherwise.
Has the War with Iran Already Begun? President Obama boasted today that he's isolated Iran more than ever before and imposed the toughest sanctions ever because of its nuclear program. But that's not all. Iran's nuclear software has been disrupted and nuclear scientists allegedly have been killed. Are these the covert precursors of open hostilities? Will such tactics make Iran take a harder line? Is that why it shot down an American unmanned drone and tried to kill a Saudi ambassador on US soil? What about tough talk from Israeli leaders? Will that make diplomacy harder still and make Iran more determined to develop a nuclear bomb?
Peaceful Protests Turn Violent in Egypt After President Mubarak declared he would not run for-re-election last night, President Obama went on TV with his assessment of the ongoing protests in Egypt. At today's White House briefing , press secretary Robert Gibbs would not elaborate on whether the President was calling on Mubarak to step down immediately, rather than serving out his term, which ends in September. Meanwhile, after nine days of peaceful protest, Tahrir Square erupted in violence today as Mubarak loyalists arrived on the scene. Men on horses and camels beat anti-government protesters. Thugs attacked reporters and TV crews. As darkness descended, Molotov cocktails started fires in crowds of men, women and children, and there was the sound of gunfire. But, despite the presence of tanks and armored personnel carriers, there was no indication that the military was trying to restore order. It's now evening in Cairo. We hear from reporters and others about the developing scene, see how the Obama Administration is reacting, and talk to observers about repercussions in other Middle Eastern countries.
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."
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?
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.