FROM Bob Drogin
Opposition Closes In on Libyan Capital On a Libyan TV station today, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi blamed bloody violence on "hallucinogenic" drugs given young people by Osama bin Laden. Meantime, with half the country's coastal cities now in the hands of protesters, his mercenary and irregular forces are fighting back. Correspondent Bob Drogin is in Cairo for the Los Angeles Times .
Libyan Uprising Expands Despite Kadafi Vow The eastern portion of Libya, including Benghazi, the nation’s second-largest city, anti-government protesters have claimed control. Now, it appears they’ve taken the western city of Misurata, just 75 miles from Muammar Gadafi’s stronghold—the capitol city of Tripoli.
A Second Look at Curveball President Bush and former Secretary of State Collin Powell told the world that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction , including mobile factories for germ warfare. When it turned out to be untrue, the CIA blamed an informant. Now, the man code-named Curveball has gone public, claiming he's not a liar. Today's Los Angeles Times reveals that he is Rafid Ahmed Alwan, who fled his native Iraq to avoid arrest. Applying for asylum in Germany, he told the German intelligence service he'd run a secret Iraqi program to produce biological weapons.
Iran's Nuclear Program on Hold The consensus of all 16 of America's intelligence agencies is that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. The latest National Intelligence Estimate says that the program remains on hold. Bob Drogin reports on intelligence for the Los Angeles Times .
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?