FROM Souad Mekhennet
How being a Muslim woman helps Souad Mekhennet report on terrorism Souad Mekhennet has dedicated her life to understanding people who commit terrorist acts. She’s interviewed some of western society’s most wanted men, including members of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the leader of ISIS’ hostage program. Her new memoir about her career covering terrorism is titled “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.” Souad Mekhennet is author of "I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.” (Photo by Zeljko Pehar)
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."