FROM Diane Rowland
Is Obamacare Really on 'Life Support?' The troubled roll-out of healthcare.gov and televised hearings on Capitol Hill have taken the wind out of Obamacare. The President's false reassurances have hardly enhanced its image. But the Affordable Care Act is a massive undertaking. In some states with their own exchanges, people who've never had health insurance are able to sign up. In other places, there's evidence of intentional sabotage. We look at the goals of health insurance reform and early successes as well as failures.
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."