FROM Carlo Bonini
Competitive Intelligence and Italy's Connection to the Iraq War In his 2003 State of the Union Address , President Bush said that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium from Africa. That claim was part of the rationale for war in Iraq, but we now know it was based on forged documents. Newsweek called the documents "the sort of flimsy scam that could have been exposed by a two-hour Google search." Democrats in Congress have asked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to testify next week about what happened. The forgery story was broken Italian journalist Carlo Bonini, who's co-authored a book on international espionage and the war on terror.
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?
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.
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?
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?