FROM Michael Paulson
Pope Benedict Addresses the UN, Meets with Abuse Victims Pope Benedict addressed the UN General Assembly today, emphasizing human rights, calling it "the most effective strategy for eliminating inequalities between countries and social groups, and for increasing security." He made no reference to the war in Iraq. Yesterday, for the third straight day of his visit, he addressed the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests. The Boston Globe , which first reported the scandal, called the Pope's visit with five victims of sex abuse a "historic development." Michael Paulson is part of the Globe's Pulitzer-Prize winning team.
Trump's travel ban and the long-term agenda The Trump Administration's revised travel ban may be good news for some visa holders and others, but it's still being challenged as unconstitutional. Some reporters call it the beginning of a long-term effort to change the demographic make-up of the United States.
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?
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."