FROM Marie Cocco
Democrats Struggle to Unify, Iraqi Cabinet Approves Draft Oil Law Even in the Republican south, 64% tell pollsters they oppose the President's handling of the war in Iraq . With their party now a majority, anti-war Democrats are demanding action to stop the so-called "surge" of additional troops. But on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has delayed the plan to re-write the 2002 resolution that authorized the invasion; House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to endorse colleague John Murtha's plan to condition funding on troop training and readiness. Meantime, Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites agreed yesterday on a new law that would divide Iraq's oil revenues based on population. Since the proven reserves are in the Kurdish North and the Shiite South, the deal is seen as a concession to Sunnis, who are concentrated in the central part of the county. The Bush White House calls it the "key linchpin" to the nation's recovery and it's hoped the Iraqi Parliament will pass it in the next month.
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.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.