FROM Cynthia Needham
America Deals with an Act of Terror Speaking of the two bombs that killed three and wounded dozens at yesterday's Boston Marathon, President Obama today announced , "Given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism." The crime scene is 12 blocks long in the heart of a city still in a state of shock. There have been no arrests and no one has claimed responsibility. Praising "exhausted runners who kept running to the nearest hospital to give blood, and those who stayed to tend to the wounded," and medical staffs and students at several local hospitals, he called on all Americans to be on the alert. We talk to Bostonians and update the investigation. What can be learned from the history of terrorism in the United States?
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.
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?
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?