FROM Martin Sieff
Can Blair Apply Lessons of Northern Ireland to the Middle East? Parts of Central London are locked down for a manhunt after a massive car bom b was found unexploded in the heart of the city. Such bombings were a part of life in London during many decades of so-called " Troubles " between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland. One of the "outsiders" given credit for helping resolved what long seemed an intractable conflict is Tony Blair , who has just been named by the Quartet as a Special Envoy to the Middle East. Can the lessons of one intractable conflict be applied to the other? Does Blair have the authority to make a difference? Will American Jews play a supporting role the way Irish Americans did? Among our guests is former Senator George Mitchell , another "outsider" who helped shape what's now called the " Road Map " to end violence in the Middle East.
Rice Heads to Mideast Pushing a Hard Line towards Iran Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is about to leave for a high-stakes tour of the Middle East , starting in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She'll then meet with leaders in Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait before winding up in Berlin and London. Martin Sieff of UPI previews the challenge she'll face.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.