FROM Anthony Froggatt
The 'Nuclear Renaissance' and Fukushima As the danger of radiation exposure grows in Japan, President Obama has called for a safety review of existing nuclear plants. But he still plans new ones as part of America's "green energy" future. Others say nuclear power is not safe enough and that it's too expensive. Indian Point nuclear plant, located 24 miles north of New York City: Mario Tama/Getty Images
A 'Go Slow' for US Nuclear Energy? Global warming was the best news for the nuclear power industry since Three Mile Island . New reactors were planned in the US for the first time in decades. But the growing radiation threat from Japan's disaster has raised disturbing questions about both safety and economics. President Obama has called for a safety review of existing nuclear plants, but he still plans new ones as part of America's "green energy" future. More frightened Americans are saying, "Not in my back yard," and investors are not interested unless public money is promised to pay for possible accidents. Is nuclear viable to help slow the pace of climate change? Can alternatives expand fast enough to replace it? How safe are the plants we have now?
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.