FROM David Bookbinder
The Last Days of the Bush EPA The Environmental Protection Agency has been told by the US Supreme Court that it's time to determine if greenhouse gases are a danger to public health. If they are, then tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks should be regulated accordingly. A year has passed since the order, but nothing's been done, and despite repeated promises from President Bush, it now appears that won't happen as long as he's in office. Conservative think-tanks and industry lobbyists say the court didn't know that its ruling could shut down the economy. Environmentalists say they'll go back to court. Does inaction represent prudent public policy or foot dragging for special interests?
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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?