FROM Tamara Wittes
Obama and Tunisia's Essebsi Meet in Washington The so-called "Arab Spring" began in Tunisia, where "democracy and pluralism are taking root." That's according to President Obama and his newly elected counterpart, Beji Caid Essebsi, writing in today's Washington Post . The US has now designated Tunisia as a "major non-NATO ally." Tamara Wittes is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs. She's now Director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution .
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 Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.