FROM Michael Wilner
Trump sends mixed messages on West Bank settlements The Trump White House speaks out on Israeli settlements on the West Bank and creates new confusion. Amona, Israel Photo by Yair Aronshtam After Donald Trump was elected, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu announced new settlements on the Palestinian West Bank — long declared illegal by international law. Last night, the Trump White House issued this confusing statement: "While we don’t believe the existence of settlements is an impediment to peace, the construction of new settlements or the expansion of existing settlements beyond their current borders may not be helpful in achieving that goal." Michael Wilner, Washington Bureau Chief for the Jerusalem Post , tries to unravel the President’s message.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
"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."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?