FROM Dhruva Jaishankar
The US and India: A Complex "Partnership" Prime Minister Narendra Modi was at the White House today. He'll address Congress tomorrow as relations between the US and India continue to warm up. But Senators of both parties have criticized India's human rights record, and Modi himself once was denied a US visa for tolerating religious violence. He now governs a nation that needs new jobs for a million people who turn 18 every month, while economic growth increases the dangers of climate change. We hear about India's role in America's "Pivot to Asia" and the challenge of China's assertiveness.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.