USA Wrestling has established new parameters regarding who can cover its events, such as this weekend’s Final X at Penn State, featuring Nittany Lion great David Taylor. The national governing body for the sport of wrestling in the U.S. now requires journalists to undergo a background check and take part in a 60- to 90-minute training session. But the chilling effect of background checks on the media is alarming.
First ladies since Eleanor Roosevelt have done more than serve merely as hostess-in-chief. It’s now time to deploy Melania Trump where she could make a difference. It’s time for her to try to bring Central European countries back to the American fold.
The announcement that Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., would not seek an 11th term in the House was another landmark event for the GOP. Ryan’s departure will give President Trump complete ownership of the Republican Party, for better or worse.
Things have certainly gotten hairier for foreign reporters, but even more so for local journalists as regional tensions rise, alliances become fluid, nationalism grows, and refugee populations are on the move.
While everyone was paying attention to the Trump administration’s Russian sanctions and new tariffs threatening a trade war with China, Russia, Iran and Turkey were forming an alliance that should raise serious concerns.