FROM EJ Juarez
Political Outsiders: How Long Will They Last? Republican Donald Trump says, “The beauty of me is that I am very rich.” Democratic-Socialist Bernie Sanders rails against the power of the “billionaire class.” They’re about as different as it’s possible for candidates to be… but they’re similar in one very important way: each is “separating himself from the political and economic system that many everyday Americans view as rigged against them.” That’s according to Philip Rucker, national political correspondent for the Washington Post.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
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?
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.