FROM Alex Nowrasteh
Terrorism by remote control: Is there any protection? Should President Trump's travel ban on refugees and visitors from seven mostly Muslim countries be re-instated? The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear arguments today. The President's massively disruptive travel ban is aimed at refugees and travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries, but nearly all terrorist acts in the US since 911 have been committed by US citizens. Furthermore, there's new evidence that ISIS recruiters and handlers operate remotely — without anybody having to cross any borders at all. Rather than focusing on keeping potential terrorists out of the country, should we focus on those who are already here?
The real threat of a refugee becoming a terrorist in the US A bowl of skittles — brightly colored, fruit-flavored candies — inspired a controversial meme-gone-viral by Donald Trump, Jr., son of the GOP Presidential nominee. He tweeted : "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem." So how many skittles would it take to accurately reflect the chances of an American being killed by a Syrian refugee? We ask Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the CATO Institute , the libertarian think-tank.
President Obama Walks Tightrope on Immigration Reform Murrieta is a rural outback in Southern California that's getting its moment of fame by dramatizing both sides of the latest political crisis over immigration. Last week, protesters there stopped immigration officials from unloading buses of Central American children who had crossed the border in Texas, which didn’t have room to house them to be officially processed. Last night, resident Ilene Barker told Saul Gonzalez of KCRW public radio that the US can’t afford any more immigrants. Meantime, across town, Cassandra Rules took part in a counter-protest on the side of the immigrant kids. The opposing voices in Murietta reflect a nation divided over what to do about those 57,000 children who have risked abuse, injury and death to make their way to the United States from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
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?
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.