FROM Frank Jannuzi
Abe Addresses Congress, Apologizes for WWII Suffering Shinzo Abe made history today as the first Prime Minister of Japan to address a joint meeting of Congress. As leader of an American enemy during World War II, he offered, "with profound respect, [his] eternal condolences to the souls of all American people that were lost during World War II." Describing his visit to Washington's World War II Memorial, Abe said he felt "deep repentance." Frank Jannuzi is president of the nonprofit Mansfield Foundation, which works to improve US-Asia relations. He's former Asia Affairs Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?