FROM Tim Judah
Bush Lands in Slovenia for EU Summit President Bush has reached the farewell stage of his presidency. In coming months, he'll visit Japan, the Beijing Olympics, Germany, Italy, France, England and Northern Ireland. Today he's in Slovenia , part of what used to be Yugoslavia, and the site for this year's annual summit of the US and European Union. It was in here where he first met Vladimir Putin and famously said, "I looked the man in the eye...was able to get a sense of his soul...and found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy." The Economist's Tim Judah is author of the forthcoming Kosovo : What Everyone Needs to Know.
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?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?