FROM Abraham Lowenthal
The Nation-State of California? California is a state that's the size of a nation — more diverse than almost any place else, with the world's eighth largest economy and increasing interdependence with other countries. But it's inwardly focused, and it's failing to exercise global influence or to act in its own interest. That's according to Abraham Lowenthal, former head of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He's written the book, Global California : Rising to the Cosmopolitan Challenge, hoping to ”change the mindset” of California. Los Angeles Times financial writer James Flanigan has written on similar themes. His new book is Smile Southern California, You're the Center of the Universe : The Economy and People of a Global Region.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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?