FROM Ian Buruma
Is the Anglo-American world order over? French President Francois Hollande said he won’t run for re-election. He’s a Socialist, and the far-right is favored to win elections in France this Spring. Voters in Italy and Austria are heading to the polls this Sunday. In Austria, the far-right candidate is expected to win the presidency. Italy’s election is widely seen as a referendum on liberal democracy. Given populist victories in other European countries, plus America’s latest presidential election, are we witnessing the end of the Anglo-American world order?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.