FROM Steve Lavine
When Oil Falls, Who Wins? It seems like yesterday that oil prices were going up—pushing the price of gasoline along with them. Oh, how times have changed. One oil analyst says we’re seeing an “epic” transformation—bigger than anything in a generation. Oil now costs less than 70 dollars a barrel on the world market, and it’s expected to go even lower. That’s great for America’s consumer economy, but it’s big trouble for countries that depend on oil exports. We’ll look at the consequences, both good and bad—for international stability and the environment.
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?
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?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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.