FROM Gunjan Bagla
Can Barack Obama Enrich Ties with India? Indians had a love affair with Bill Clinton. George Bush treated India like an international partner. Barack Obama has been complaining about outsourcing American jobs. On top of that, with a contingent including 250 business leaders and the Secretary of Commerce, the US President has timed his arrival during Diwali, the biggest commercial holiday of the year and shops are closed because of security. We hear about trade and diplomacy, Pakistan and China, coconuts and monkeys.
'Slumdog Millionaire' Wins Big at Oscars Slumdog Millionaire scored eight Oscars last night, including best picture and best director and two for A.R. Rahman one for best score and one for best song . Entertainment commentator and management consultant Gunjan Bagla calls it a great acknowledgement of Indian culture.
'Slumdog Millionaire' Wins Big at Oscars Traffic in Hollywood was stalled during this morning's rush hour as the sets were being deconstructed at the Kodak Theater. The Nielson ratings for last night's Oscars were 6% better than last year's. But the big news for Hollywood could be the arrival of Bollywood. Slumdog Millionaire scored eight Oscars last night, including Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Best Score and Best Song for composer A.R. Rahman . Management consultant and entertainment commentator Gunjan Bagla calls it a great acknowledgement of Indian culture.
Local Reaction to Obama's National Security Team Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on her way to South Asia for talks with the governments of India and Pakistan. But the consequences of last week's terror attacks in Mumbai are more than diplomatic and have serious local consequences. We hear about that and look at the consequences of terrorism in Mumbai for Jews, Muslims and Hollywood.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.