FROM Ben Raines
The Oil Spill and the Oil Economy After a meeting with Congressional leaders today, President Obama said the first order of business was the Gulf oil spill. Given the oil industry's power and importance, what are the chances that new laws and regulations will be approved and implemented?
The Oil Spill and the Oil Economy President Obama today called the response to the Gulf oil spill the biggest thing of its kind in American history. But what about advance preparation? The Associated Press has found that BP’s disaster plan for the Deepwater Horizon rig was approved last year despite stunning errors, omissions and miscalculations. At the same time, there’s concern over what the President’s moratorium on deep-water exploration will mean to the Gulf Coast economy. Given the oil industry’s power and importance, what are the chances that new laws and regulations will be approved and implemented?
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.
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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
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?