FROM John Hudson
Trump declines to endorse NATO's Article 5 In deference to President Trump, NATO leaders agreed not to focus on Russia during this week's summit. At today's opening session, they hoped he'd endorse the Alliance's Article 5 -- the principal that "an attack on one member nation is an attack on all.” Instead, he lectured about defense spending and "fairness" to the United States, even though the only time NATO's ever invoked Article 5 was after September 11. What are the consequences for Europe's trust in America as the leader of the free world since World War II? Thanks to Devan Schwartz for production assistance.
Kerry Testifies before Senate on Iran Deal The Obama Administration's sales pitch to Congress on the Iran nuclear deal began today. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee . Congress has less than sixty days to accept or reject the deal. Critics, including Republican Senator Jim Risch of Idaho, railed against the agreement as too soft on Iran. "With all due respect, you guys have been bamboozled and the American people are going to pay for that." John Hudson, senior reporter for Foreign Policy , has more.
Mexican Money, American Politics President Obama said back in 2010 that the Supreme Court’s Citizens’ United decision on political fundraising would "open the floodgates" for foreign cash into American politics. Now, a scandal in San Diego has his backers saying “told you so.” We hear about a Mexican businessman accused of trying to influence local politics through clandestine donations.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?