FROM Marcus George
Iran's Presidential Election: Interesting after All Four years ago, widespread protests over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election appeared to threaten Iran's clerical leadership. Some dissidents are still in jail. Now that Ahmadinejad is termed out, candidates to succeed him in tomorrow's election have been picked to minimize controversy. Even two former presidents who wanted to run have been declared "ineligible." But the campaign has seen a flicker of life in the past two days. Could a relative moderate win, or at least force a run-off election? What could that mean for the economy, relations with the US and Iran's nuclear program?
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?
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?
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.