FROM John Otis
Subterranean Cocaine Trafficking Today's Los Angeles Times reports that a routine patrol by the Colombian coast guard revealed a mini-shipyard in a forest of mangroves. Two 55-foot fiberglass submarines were under construction, one ready for launch and the other 70% complete. Each was powered with 350-horsepower diesel engines and capable of transporting three to five tons of cocaine to the US. In August, the Houston Chronicle reported a submarine-like vessel with 5.5 tons of cocaine worth $352 million. John Otis wrote the story.
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
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.
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?