FROM Gideon Long
The Plight of the Chilean Miners Yesterday Chilean President Sebastián Piñera made his fifth visit to the copper and gold mine where 33 miners have been trapped underground for more than six weeks. Novelist Isabel Allende visited, too. Two tunnels have already been drilled, but are too small for the men to be pulled some 2000 feet to the surface. Today, the men got some good news. A massive oil-company drill has reached the scene and may be able to reach them sooner than had been expected, as Gideon Long reports for the BBC .
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.