FROM Butch Gima
Oracle Chief to buy Lanai Larry Ellison, the billionaire founder of Oracle, plans to pay cash for the Hawaiian island of Lanai — 88,000 acres of land with two resorts, two golf courses, a stable and no traffic lights. What will it mean for 3200 people who live there? Part of the county of Maui, 98 percent of the Lanai is owned by David Murdoch's company Castle and Cook. Locals say Murdoch was disappointed he couldn't develop Lanai more. Murdoch says he's been looking for a buyer with, "the right enthusiasm, commitment and respect for the island's residents." Butch Gima is the president of Lanaians for Sensible Growth.
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."
'Do-or-die' time on healthcare bill President Trump has demanded a House vote today on replacing Obamacare…whatever the details might be. Despite his campaign promise that nobody would lose health insurance, that's possible for 24 million people if he were finally to sign this bill into law.
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?