FROM Subhankar Banerjee
Oil Companies Could Be a Nightmare for the Whales of the Arctic The BP oil spill fouled the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and cleanup is still under way. What would happen if there were a similar accident in Arctic waters off the shores of Alaska? The Obama Administration has issued an environmental impact report that has environmentalists furious about the potential for just such a disaster. Subhankar Banarjee is author of Arctic Voice: Resistance at the Tipping Point .
East Asia: President Trump's first foreign policy test Starting with North Korea's latest test of nuclear missiles, a chain of events is causing instability in Asia. Could it turn into the first real foreign policy crisis of the Trump Administration?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."