FROM Elias Groll
Reality Check: politics and the military Military strength and defense spending have been political footballs in every presidential campaign since the end of the Second World War. Now, the US spends more on troops and weapons than the next nine countries combined, while Donald Trump insists that we're weaker than ever. But insiders say Hillary Clinton sounds more likely to resort to force in foreign struggles the US can't resolve — or escape from once it's entangled. Where do they stand not just on traditional preparedness, but on the future of warfare in the cyberworld?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?