FROM Nathan Brown
Historic Elections in Egypt, the First since the Arab Spring Fourteen months ago, a revolution led by Egyptian youth forced Hosni Mubarak out of office, in one of the most decisive moments of last year's uprising in the Arab world. Now, Egyptians are getting ready to head to the polls to elect a new president. But controversy surrounds the process. Yesterday, Egypt's election commission released the list of 13 candidates approved for the ballot, disqualifying 10 candidates who had registered and casting doubt on the credibility of the election. How far has Egypt come on the road to democracy since last year's Arab Spring? Will last year's revolutionaries go to the polls or sit it out? What role are women playing in trying to reform the country?
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?