FROM Mohamad Ali Harissi
Another Militant Uprising in the Middle East Islamist insurgents today seized Tikrit, the hometown of former leader Saddam Hussein and a provincial capital in Iraq, adding it to Fallujah, areas near Kirkuk and the oil-exporting city of Mosul. US trained Iraqi solders have thrown off their uniforms and fled along with a half-million civilian refugees. The so-called "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant," an offshoot of al-Qaeda, could be a game-changer for Syria, Turkey and US interests in the Middle East.
Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics.
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."