FROM Ralph Cossa
North Korea's nuclear weekend There were wins and losses this weekend for Kim Jong-un. The missiles displayed in a massive parade in Pyongyang were reportedly "jaw-dropping" -- if they were real, but the failed missile launch was an embarrassment, and the nuclear test some people predicted never happened. In South Korea, Vice President Pence repeated the implicit threat that the US has lost its "strategic patience." But, what's to be done? The Trump Administration is faced with familiar alternatives: war, diplomacy, cyber-action… or doing nothing at all.
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.
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?
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."