FROM Philip Elmer-Dewitt
Ellen's Oscar Selfie and Samsung's Marketing Coup Sunday's Oscars were not just another awards ceremony for Korean conglomerate Samsung. Not only did it pay $18 million for five minutes worth of ads, it got an enormous bonus from product placement when Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres gathered Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Meryl Streep for a selfie snapped by Bradley Cooper using a Samsung smartphone. How extemporaneous was it? We ask Philip Elmer-DeWitt, senior editor at Fortune magazine, and editor of its blog, Apple.20 .
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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?