FROM Aaron Zelin
ISIS Demands $200 Million for Japanese Hostages Last week in Cairo, Japan's Prime Minister Abe pledged about $200 million to countries battling ISIS, the so-called "Islamic State." Today, ISIS released a video threatening the lives of two Japanese hostages — demanding a ransom of $200 million. Aaron Zelin is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy .
DIY Jihadi Hunters Last Friday, the militant group the Islamic State posted another video of a beheading. This time the victim was British aid worker Alan Henning. While U.S. intelligence agencies work to identify members of Islamic extremist groups, there’s also a community of civilians working to track jihadists. We visit the world of the so-called “jihadi hunters,” and hear directly from one of them.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.