FROM Andrew Wallenstein
The Fallout from the Sony's Retreat After a massive cyber-attack, Sony Pictures received a threat of violence at showings of The Interview — a comedy that shows the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Tonight's New York premier has been cancelled along with the general release planned for Christmas Day. US intelligence officials now say there is "99% certainty" that hackers working for North Korea conducted the cyber-attack on Sony. Officials say there are "no good options" for the government to respond.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.