FROM Robert Stavins
Assessing the Outcome of the Climate Talks in Peru Expectations were low for the latest Climate Change conference with 200 countries in Lima, Peru. But, after marathon negotiations over the weekend, a kind of breakthrough was achieved — a signed pledge by nations, rich and poor, to cut back on emissions. Robert Stavins, professor of business and government at the Harvard Kennedy School, is just back from Lima.
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?
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
"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."