FROM Matthew Herper
US Tax Clampdown Shuts Door on Pfizer/Allergan Merger The world's biggest pharmaceutical merger was called off today by Pfizer and Allergan , a company in Ireland. It's being called a victory for President Obama, who announced yesterday that actions by the Treasury , “directly go[es] at what's called corporate inversions. They are not new. Simply put, in layman's terms, it's when big corporations acquire small corp -- uh companies -- and then change their address to another country on paper in order to get out of paying their fair share of taxes here at home." We hear more from Matthew Herper, who reports on Science and Medicine for Forbes magazine.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?