FROM Charles Grant
The Rise of Russia and China: A New Cold War? With the fall of Communism, some Americans called it inevitable that Russia—and even China—would become more like the West. But the Beijing Olympics and Russia's actions in Georgia are the latest proof that economic strength and military power don't require liberal democracy. How should the United States act now in a world that's increasingly competitive economically, politically and militarily? Is it time for increased aggressiveness or accommodation? How important are ideological differences? What are the risks of confrontations the US and Europe can't win?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.