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.
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.
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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?