FROM Indira Lakshmanan
Is Washington missing the forest for the trees? As Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others testify about what they knew and who they talked to, is the basic issue being lost in the political drama? It's reported that Russian hackers gained access to the voting systems of 39 American states during last year's elections. There's no evidence they affected the outcome. But, as the fired FBI Director James Comey warned last week, "They'll be back." What's in store for America's democracy in the future? How does this compare to the long history of US involvement in other countries' elections?
Border wall becomes sticking point in fight over government funding Congress has until Friday to approve a new spending bill to keep the government from shutting down. President Trump wants money to build the US-Mexico border wall included in that bill. He’s said the wall would keep out drugs, gangs and illegal immigrants. But Democrats say they will block a budget that includes money for the wall. Some Republicans are skeptical, too.
Hillary Holds First Press Conference in 2016 Donald Trump has trashed Hillary Clinton for not holding a press conference for many months. Today, she did just that. Hillary Clinton addressed a rare audience today – reporters – specifically thousands of members of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The Democratic candidate for president fielded several questions, ranging from the FBI finding regarding her private email server to what kind of meaningful conversations Clinton has had with African-American friends.
Tonight in Philadelphia: It's Up to Hillary Clinton To what started out as a divided convention, President Obama summed up the week's most important message in three words, "Don't boo. Vote." He acknowledged the troubles of some Americans, but said Hillary Clinton is uniquely qualified to continue the progress made during his eight years. He invoked Ronald Reagan's "shining city on a hill" in contrast to Donald Trump's dark vision of "a divided crime scene." We hear how Joe Biden, Tim Kaine -- even Michael Bloomberg — helped set the stage for tonight's acceptance by the first woman nominee for the White House. Photo courtesy of the Clinton campaign
Trump Tries on Being "Presidential" with Foreign Policy Speech Donald Trump talked foreign policy today to the Center for the National Interest, a group formerly known as the Nixon Center. To scattered applause, he repeated attacks on the Obama Administration for weakening America's military. He also repeated the claim, familiar to crowds of supporters at campaign events, that he is the only person who knows how to fix what's wrong in America. Indira Lakshmanan covered foreign policy and politics for Bloomberg News , and recently wrote, " The Mystery of the Two Hillarys " for Politico magazine.
ISIS Claims to Kill Another Journalist The group that calls itself the Islamic State has released a video claiming to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. Sotloff was captured in Syria last year while covering the conflict for outlets like Time Magazine and Foreign Policy. ISIS had been threatening to behead Sotloff if the US airstrikes against its fighters did not stop.
Obama’s Iraq Plan President Obama addressed the country today to talk about what the U.S. plans to do about the unravelling situation in the Middle East. The President has come under increased criticism lately for not doing more to stop the Sunni extremist group ISIS from taking over large sections of Iraq. In his speech, Obama said the US will send 300 military advisors to Iraq to help the country’s security forces. But he won’t send combat troops.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?