FROM Magnus Linklater
England and Scotland Upset over Lockerbie Bomber's Release Release of the Lockerbie bomber on grounds of “compassion” led to angry criticism of Scotland's Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. The jubilant reception for cancer-victim Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi on his return to Libya made matters worse. Yesterday, before the Scottish Parliament, MacAskill expressed regret for the manner in which Al-Megrahi was received and apparent disregard of the Libyan government's assurance that his return would low-key.” Magnus Linklater, Scottish Editor for the Times of London, considers what it could mean for MacAskill and Scotland's reputation.
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
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?
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.
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."