FROM Robin Bossert
Gay Scouts and Straight Leaders The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Boy Scouts of America is a private group with the right to prohibit gay members. That was 13 years ago. Last week, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America itself voted by 60% to endorse what's widely described as "an awkward compromise." Openly gay boys will be allowed officially for the first time. But when they turn 18, the traditional ban on homosexuality will prohibit further involvement. Is there a conflict between official discrimination and the values of Scouting? Will one of America's major youth groups — with 100 years of history -- stay together or split apart?
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.