FROM Missy Ryan
Libya Today Since the American-led military operation that ended with the death of Muammar Ghadaffi, Libya has devolved into chaos. Two feuding governments are fighting for power which has encouraged ISIS and other militant groups to move in. It’s so dangerous now, there is no U.S. ambassador there.
US General Testifies about Kunduz Hospital Bombing After the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan, Doctors Without Borders has accused the US military of a war crime. Today in Washington, the commander of US and allied forces appeared before a Senate committee. Army General John F. Campbell testified , "On Saturday morning our forces provided close air support to Afghan forces at their request. To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fires was a US decision made within the US chain of command. A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility." Missy Ryan, Pentagon reporter for the Washington Post , has an update.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."