FROM Floyd Abrams
Is Press Freedom 'Plummeting' in US? Reporters Without Borders is an international NGO that rates 180 countries on press freedom. Its latest report has Finland, the Netherlands and Norway at the top of the list, with Turkmenistan North Korea and Eritrea at the bottom. The US is said to have suffered a "significant decline," having dropped 13 points since last year when it comes to press freedom. It's now reportedly standing at 46th out of 180, between Romania and Haiti. First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams has defended Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers and prevailed over the Nixon Administration. His books include Friend of the Court and Speaking Freely , and he's been a professor at the law schools of Yale and Columbia.
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?
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
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?