FROM Craig Cohen
Al-Qaeda Regroups in the Mountains of Pakistan Terrorists trained in northwest Pakistan have wreaked havoc in Europe. They're a real threat to the US and its interests. Since September 11, President Pervez Musarraf has received $10 billion in US aid, but the region where Osama bin Laden is thought to be hiding out is said to be more dangerous than ever. The newly elected government has the incentive to neutralize terrorist leaders, unless it's diverted by political infighting. We hear about bin Laden's approval ratings and talk to a Pakistani politician who has survived two suicide bombings, as the US reviews where the money went.
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?
Nationalism's appeal on both sides of the Atlantic Nationalism, Populism, concerns about immigration and outright racism are part of election campaigns from the US to Europe. We hear how today's election in Holland reflects the recent past and may forecast the future.
The airline electronics ban and what it means President Trump's Department of Homeland Security has banned all electronic devices larger than cell phones on some foreign airlines flying direct to the US. It's causing confusion as well as inconvenience. Is the motive really just increased security?
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."