FROM Richard Cleary
Fallout in France: Will the Left Return to Power? President Nicolas Sarkozy came in second in the first round of voting in France's presidential elections yesterday behind François Hollande , the Socialist Party candidate. If he loses in the second round of voting on May 6, as many predict, Sarkozy would be France's first one-term president in 31 years. Analysts see the vote as a rebuke to the center-right president's austerity policies as well as his governing style. What can Sarkozy can do in the weeks ahead to win back voters, especially the far right? What changes would a Socialist government bring? If Hollande wins, how will he deal with the Euro crisis? How will French-US relations change?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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?