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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.