FROM Ari Schwartz
Recent Security Breaches, Embarrassing or Something More? Highly publicized blunders have raised questions about security at the White House and at airport checkpoints nationwide. If the Tareq and Michaele Salahi could crash the State Dinner for the Prime Minister of India, were the Obamas and guests at risk? When the Transportation Security Administration put an operations manual on-line, did would-be terrorists learn anything new? The President has ordered government agencies to be more transparent. Will that "openness" lead to future mistakes that erode public safety? If the Obama administration seems weak on national security, will that create a new political reality in an election year?
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?