FROM Chaibong Hahm
North and South Korean Ships Exchange Fire With President Obama soon to leave for Asia, ships from North and South Korea exchanged gunfire today in the open sea. The South accuses the North of crossing a disputed border, which has led to such actions twice before in the past decade. Chaibong Hahn studies East Asian politics for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.
Will Reporters' Release Warm North Korea-US Relations? Former President Bill Clinton touched down at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank this morning with two American journalists. After months of captivity in North Korea and a sentence of 12 years at hard labor, Laura Ling described what happened yesterday when she and Euna Lee were told to go to a meeting.
Will Reporters' Release Warm North Korea-US Relations? After months of captivity in North Korea and a sentence of 12 years at hard labor, Laura Ling described what happened yesterday when she and Euna Lee were told to go to a meeting. Ling spoke to reporters this morning at the airport in Burbank, California along with Al Gore. The two journalists were on assignment in China for Gore’s Current TV when they were arrested for crossing the border into North Korea. Reportedly, it was Gore who told Bill Clinton that North Korea asked him to visit in return for setting the journalists free. The White House has emphasized that Clinton went as a private citizen. Did the President ask Clinton to convey a message to Kim Jong Il?
Obama Talks Tough on Iran; North Korea Nuclear Crisis President Obama began today's news conference by responding to complaints about lukewarm support for election protesters in Iran. Also, a discussion of North Korea, which has escalated tensions with the US and the United Nations. We look at the provocations and possible options for the US and the UN.
The North Korean Nuclear Crisis At his press conference this morning, one issue the President wasn't asked about is North Korea, which is once again vying for the world's attention. A ship reportedly loaded with banned weapons is being trailed by an American destroyer, the USS John McCain. There are reports of plans to fire a missile toward Hawaii. We look at the provocations and possible options for the United States and the United Nations.
The President and America's infrastructure: Bait and switch? President Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal may not be what it seems. We look at the prospects for much-needed improvements in roads, bridges and airports.
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
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?