FROM Jon Soltz
On the Sixth Anniversary of the US Invasion of Iraq After six years of deadly violence and the expenditure of tens of billions of dollars, the war in Iraq appears to be winding down. But, on this sixth anniversary of the invasion, what about the Americans who've made the biggest sacrifices of all, the military veterans and their families? The Pentagon has revised one it its most controversial policies, that of " stop-loss ," under which soldiers who believe they are going to leave the military must continue to serve. Jon Soltz is chairman of VoteVets.org, a leading progressive group of military veterans.
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?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.