FROM Timothy O'Brien
A new president. What comes next? For the 45th time, America has accomplished a peaceful transition of power-- leaving the country with a sense of uncertainty about the future. President Donald Trump's inaugural address repeated familiar themes from his campaign for office. The President painted a dark picture of the nation's current condition, and promised to disempower the Washington elite — but he was short on specifics. Did he reassure the majority of Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton?
People of America: Get ready for change As he takes the most powerful job in the world, it's no secret that Donald Trump has no experience of his own in public office. The President-Elect made history again today at the White House, where he met with the incumbent President in the Oval Office. Politically, there's no love lost between Donald Trump and Barack Obama, and the promises of a "peaceful transition" may be hard to maintain. Their differences can't be exaggerated — from domestic policy to foreign affairs — and Trump has promised to obliterate the legacy of Obama. Already there are anti-Trump demonstrations around the country. Will Obama be able to hold down the drama as Trump finally reveals his plans?
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?
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?