FROM Gerald Uelmen
Jerry Brown Reshapes the California Supreme Court When he was first Governor in the 1970’s, Jerry Brown appointed the first woman, first Latino and first black to the State Supreme Court. Two of them were later recalled by the voters. In his third term as Governor, he appointed two law professors, but he waited until after election to his fourth term this month before naming a successor to retiring Justice Joyce Kennard . Now he’s chosen a young, African-American woman, Leondra Kruger , a deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama Administration. Gerald Uelmen, a law professor at Santa Clara University and student of the judiciary, calls the appointment a “mind blower.”
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?
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?