FROM Robert Litan
Small Business and Job Creation While the President and Mitt Romney are in dispute over whose programs will do the most to help "small business" create new jobs, they agree that it's crucial to creating jobs. But is "small business" really the employment engine they claim it is? It's not even clear exactly what "small" really means, and there's evidence that age is more important than size when it comes to job creation. Are the candidates focused on real economics, or are they pandering to the obsolete American myth of "Mom and Pop" setting up shop on "Main Street."
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.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?