FROM Vincent Cannistraro
Convicted Bomber Released but Lockerbie Case Far from Over In 2001, Scottish judges convicted Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi and sentenced him to a minimum of 27 years for planting the bomb on Pan Am Flight 103 that killed 270 people in 1988. Two weeks ago, he was released and returned to Libya on compassionate grounds. According to Libyan officials, al-Megrahi, who's suffering from terminal prostate cancer, doesn't have long to live in a hospital in Tripoli. But the controversy surrounding his release from a Scottish prison isn't ending, with accusations growing that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown pressured Scottish authorities for al-Megrahi's release to help improve relations with oil-rich Libya. What role did oil companies play? Did Britain break a promise to the US? What effect does al-Megrahi's release have on relations between the West and the Arab world?
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."
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
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?