FROM Don Oberdorfer
Korean Leaders Meet in Historic Summit For the second time in the past 50 years, the leaders of North and South Korea met today in Pyongyang. Kim Jong Il was subdued, but South Korea's Roh Moo-hyun waved to cheering crowds in North Korea's capital city. Don Oberdorfer, a former diplomatic correspondent for the Washington Post, is Chair of the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
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.
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.