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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.