FROM Richard Rhodes
Obama, the Bomb and Memories of War Seventy-one years later, the first sitting US President visits Hiroshima, not to apologize, but to call attention to the threat nuclear warfare still poses. President Obama's historic visit has been warmly received by many Japanese, including some survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on the city 71 years ago. But the trip's been controversial here at home. Some survivors say it's not enough. Some war veterans say it's too much, and that dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was needed to achieve peace quickly. Does a call for a nuclearfree world ring true when it comes from a President who is upgrading America's nuclear arsenal and has presided over the nation's longest wars? We look back and ahead.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
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?
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?
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.