FROM Farah Stockman
Secretary Clinton Back on Capitol Hill The military Taliban have seized control of another district of Pakistan, just 70 miles from Islamabad, the capital city. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress today that more people ought to be worried. Clinton's testimony was her first before Congress since she was confirmed in January. Farah Stockman is foreign affairs correspondent for the Boston Globe.
Iran Denounces Administration's New Sanctions Yesterday, the US announced tough new economic sanctions against Iranian banks, key branches of the military, nine companies and five individual officials. Today, Iran's foreign minister denounced them as "worthless and ineffective." Farah Stockman reports for the Boston Globe .
Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki Criticized in DC, Baghdad From the North American Leaders' Summit in Canada today, President Bush acknowledged frustration with the government of Iraq's President Nouri al-Maliki, but said it's up to the Iraqis to determine who governs their country. Michigan Senator Carl Levin , who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee, is the latest American to call for al Maliki's removal . Farah Stockman covers foreign affairs for the Boston Globe .
How Long Can the Cease-fire in Lebanon Last? In the first few hours of the cease-fire, there were no Hezbollah rockets fired on northern Israel, and Israeli artillery fell silent for the first time in many days. There were reports of fighting in southern Lebanon, but refugees were streaming back into devastated towns despite Israel's ban on travel. At the UN, diplomats were struggling to put together a credible 15,000-person peace-keeping force to restrain both sides in a crisis that may not be over for some time to come. Both sides are claiming victory, but Israeli Prime Ehud Minister Olmert is under heavy criticism from the left and the right. Will Hezbollah willingly disarm under the watch of international peacekeepers?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
100 days of executive action: Accomplishment or posturing? President Trump's first 100 days have featured a flood of high-profile executive orders. Which ones do what he says they do, and which ones don't? How are Trump voters feeling now?
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?