FROM Michael Joseph Gross
Cyberwarfare: Is the Best Defense a Good Offense? Somebody has spent the past five years stealing corporate and government secrets in 14 countries, the biggest coordinated cyber attack discovered so far. One former presidential advisor says, "They're getting our research and development for pennies on the dollar." The most likely culprit is China. But it's not just a question of economics, it's a threat to national security. We hear about the operation now dubbed "Shady RAT," with at least 72 targets, including government agencies, corporations, the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations. What's already been lost? How vulnerable is the US? Has the government appeared to be passive so far because we're doing it too?
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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?
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?