FROM Karim Amellal
Will Terrorism in France Mean Unity or Division? Massive turnouts in Paris and other cities yesterday were a demonstration of national outrage against terrorism and anti-Semitism. In Paris, the leaders of 40 countries marched in solidarity against terrorism. Now, as the search continues for possible accomplices in last week's deadly attacks, some 10,000 new security forces are being deployed around the country – almost 5000 will be assigned to guard Jewish schools and synagogues. Already, many Jews have been leaving France. There's also concern about an anti-Muslim backlash, based on fear that more young Muslims from impoverished suburbs will be radicalized. Will last week's violence fuel far-right political parties all over Europe or lead to cultural dialogue?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?
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?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.