FROM Stephen Cass
Tragedy in Minnesota When Bridge Collapses At least four people were killed and 80 were injured in last night's rush-hour disaster when Minnesota's I-35W Bridge collapsed over the Mississippi River. Rescue workers say 20 to 30 more were pinned or trapped in the wreckage of falling steel, concrete and cars. In 2001, a report to the State of Minnesota said that while the bridge had not experienced "fatigue cracking," it did have poor "fatigue details" on the "floor truss system," described as the "primary load-carrying members" of the bridge's superstructure. Today, Mark Rosenker, head of the National Transportation Safety Board, said it will take time to figure out what went wrong. We get an update from the scene of an accident that could be a wake-up call about America's infrastructure.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.