FROM William Neikirk
The Tax-Man Cometh On this tax day, there's general agreement that the best that can be said about America's tax system is that it's needlessly complex. At worst, it is broken. The American federal tax system was last reformed in 1986. Now members of both parties are saying that reform is needed again, and it just might become an issue in the presidential campaign. William Neikirk is senior correspondent in Washington for the Chicago Tribune . Banner Image: Scott Olson, Getty Images
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.