FROM Kevin Merida
The Democratic Party: Stuck in the Mud? The Democrats will make history by nominating either the first black or the first woman to run for President of the United States, generating more political energy than America has seen for decades, but as one writer has it, " the Democrats are stuck in their own mud ." Both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have enough votes and delegates to go all the way to the August convention , and the campaign gets nastier by the day. Is it all about who gets the power? What are the roles of race and gender? Is the party itself so divided that unity in November is at risk? Will all those new voters and Independents go to John McCain or just stay home?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.