FROM Peter Robison
Diplomacy and Big Business from Washington State to Washington, DC Seattle is under tight security for the first official visit to the United States by China's President Xi Jinping. Xi arrived today, but he won't get his 21-gun salute at the White House until Friday. His meeting tomorrow with the elite leaders of America's tech industry may be just as important. With the world's biggest Internet market at stake, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon and others may need China more than China needs them. Can they demand that China protect their intellectual property rights, or can China make censorship and Cyber-attacks the cost of doing business? And, what's the role of the Obama Administration, which has warned of possible sanctions over theft of trade secrets?
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.
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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
"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."