FROM Greg Myre
The Newest Countries in the World Countries all around the world are watching Scotland’s independence vote closely -- some more closely than others. If the Scots decide to break away from the U.K., it could spur separatist movements from Spain to Canada to Turkey to... Texas?
Assassination Attempt Pushes Palestinians Closer to the Brink On the nineteenth anniversary of its organization, Hamas, which leads the Palestinian government, has accused the rival Fatah faction of trying to assassinate Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh. This following yesterday's seven-hour stand-off during which Israel refused to let the Prime Minister return to the Gaza Strip from Egypt after discovery of millions of dollars in cash which could be used for terrorist attacks.
Death Toll Rising in Gaza after Israeli Raid Israeli troops, tanks and helicopter gun-ships assaulted the northern Gaza Strip today to destroy rocket launchers that have struck Israel 300 times this year. Both Palestinian factions called the deaths of at least eight people a "massacre." We hear more about today's assault as well as response from Israeli and Palestinian officials.
'Do-or-die' time on healthcare bill President Trump has demanded a House vote today on replacing Obamacare…whatever the details might be. Despite his campaign promise that nobody would lose health insurance, that's possible for 24 million people if he were finally to sign this bill into law.
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."
Trump, Russia and rabbit holes Conservatives are now joining liberal critics of President Trump by demanding to know about his administration’s ties to Russia. We hear about Washington latest political flap and possible unintended consequence.
Further revelations into Russian involvement in 2016 election Last week's failure to "repeal and replace" Obamacare was an early setback for the Trump Administration. There may be long-term danger of a different kind in multiple investigations into ties with Russia among campaign workers, the White House staff and the Chief Executive himself. We look as some of the threads they're following.