FROM Gideon Lichfield
Aging Facebook Today marks the 10 year anniversary of Facebook’s launch. But while the site is still going strong for now, its users are aging. We take a look at the social media sites young people are actually using, and why a lot of adults haven’t heard of them. We’ll also talk about whether these sites are doing enough to keep kids safe from predators.
Israelis and Palestinians Agree to Talk President Obama took a diplomatic gamble today by inviting the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to Washington next month to begin the first direct peace talks in almost two years. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the announcement . Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas will be joined by Egyptian President Mubarak, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Tony Blair, special representative of the US, the UN the EU and Russia, the so-called Middle East Quartet . Gideon Lichfield is deputy editor of the Economist Online and former Jerusalem correspondent for the magazine.
Israel Admits Bombing Syrian Military Target Both Israel and Syria officially conceded today what everyone already knew. In a midnight raid last month, Israeli planes struck deep inside Syrian territory. What were they after and what did they hit? Gideon Lichfield, correspondent for the Economist magazine in Jerusalem, has more on a mission still shrouded in secrecy.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.