FROM Kris Hudson
Lackluster Retail Sales Bring Little Holiday Cheer The numbers are in and retail sales this holiday season have increased a lackluster 2.4%, falling short of industry forecasts. Shoppers aggressively pursued deep discounts, leading to a last minute surge in spending that saved the industry from negative results. Kris Hudson of the Wall Street Journal says that electronics and e-commerce saved the day.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."