FROM Patrick Cronin
North Korea Emerges as Cyber-Hacker Power The US and North Korea are exchanging threats and counter-threats in the aftermath of the hacking of Sony Pictures. The FBI has not released all its evidence, but it's blamed North Korea for the hacking with an unusual degree of certainty. North Korea denies the vastly expensive attack -- but says whoever was responsible did a "righteous" thing. President Obama and Republicans disagree over whether to call it "cyber-warfare" or "cyber-vandalism" and what the response should be. Some security experts question the FBI's conclusion that North Korea was responsible in the first place.
North Korea Sentences American to 15 Years Hard Labor North Korea has sentenced an American citizen to 15 years of hard labor. Should the US allow Kenneth Bae to languish in prison or send an envoy to negotiate his release? Patrick Cronin is senior analyst with the Center for a New American Security .
Can Toyota Recover Its Image? Before hearing from the CEO of Toyota today, members of Congress grilled the Secretary of Transportation about why regulators were so slow to act on sudden acceleration. We hear about auto safety, Toyota's future and the economy of Japan.
Toyota: On the Capitol Hill Hot Seat Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a House Oversight Committee hearing today that any car on a recall list is not safe until it's been repaired by a certified dealer. That warning came as the CEO of Toyota, a Japanese icon who bears his company's name, apologized for the deadly results of sudden acceleration. Is the company getting fair treatment or is this a Congressional "witch hunt." What's at stake for auto safety, Toyota and the economy of Japan?
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.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
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?