FROM Robert Rizzi
The bumpy road to inauguration Despite the flap over recounts and Donald Trump's unproven allegations of voter fraud, his transition team continues the interview process for some 4000 presidential appointees. But the team is leaking contradictory stories. The President-Elect is tweeting unpredictably just like he did in his campaign. Some early appointments may not have been vetted deeply enough to survive the brutal confirmation demands of Democrats in the Senate. Others are well-known members of the moneyed elite savaged for months by Trump and his top advisor, Steve Bannon. We hear about those and other challenges facing Trump's promise to change the ways of Washington in his first 100 days.
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.
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?
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?