FROM Joel Millman
Is the US Taking its Fair Share of International Refugees? More than a million refugees crowded into Europe last year, and Germany made a deal with Turkey to help reduce the flow. That's forcing migrants to choose a more dangerous route -- from Libya to Italy -- and last week alone, almost a thousand drowned in the Mediterranean Sea. Now the deal with Turkey may be in trouble, but that won't reduce the flight of desperate fugitives from the Middle East and Africa. The US has agreed to take just 75,000 — after exhaustive screening. So few have made it that America's being accused of failing to meet its moral obligations.
Refugee Crossing Approaches One Million for 2015 More than a million refugees will arrive in Europe this year. That's five times more than in 2014. It was predicted that winter weather might stem the flow, but that hasn't happened. Joel Millman is spokesman for the International Organization for Migration , headquartered in Geneva.
EU Holds Emergency Meeting on Refugee Crisis Germany now says it expects a million migrants this year — 200,000 more than estimated before. Meantime, the European Union Council today endorsed a plan to shift 40,000 refugees out of Greece and Italy, which have been Europe's primary gateways. Joel Millman is spokesman for the International Organization for Migration .
UN Expects Thousands of Refugees Arriving in the Balkans Daily Almost 300,000 people have already crossed the Mediterranean Sea, and the UN says there will be many more. Some 3000 refugees will be entering countries in the European Union through Macedonia alone, and the world body says they have a responsibility to share the burden. Joel Millman is spokesman for the International Organization for Migration .
Can the Nations of Europe Resolve a Humanitarian Crisis? By April of last year, 56 migrants died trying to reach Europe from the Middle East North Africa. This year, the number's already 1750 — and humanitarian agencies warn it could rise to 30,000 as people flee from chaos and war in their home countries. In Brussels yesterday, a summit meeting of the European Union held an emergency " summit " and agreed to increase spending to cope with the crisis. But its new plan is already being called inadequate — more a police action than an ambulance service. Do prosperous Western countries have a moral obligation to accept refugees despite the politics of immigration?
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.
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.