FROM Alan Elsner
US-Israeli Relations and Political Damage Control Benjamin Netanyahu's latest visit to Washington may or may not lead to better relations during and after the presidency of Barack Obama. After yesterday's closed-door White House meeting, the Prime Minister got an award from a neoconservative group critical of the President. Today, he'll take questions at a liberal think-tank with ties to the White House and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It's a delicate moment, with the US considering increased aid to the Jewish state while a "two-state solution" with the Palestinians appears less likely than ever.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.