FROM Alexandra Marks
The Dynasty Chair: A Kennedy or a Cuomo for Clinton's Seat? Averill Harriman, Nelson Rockefeller, Bobby Kennedy, Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg all began careers near the top of the ladder in New York politics. Now Caroline Kennedy , a quiet lawyer who writes poetry and books for young people, wants Governor David Paterson to appoint her to the United States Senate. Kennedy needs the vote of just one man, the Governor, to succeed Senator Hillary Clinton , who's the likely next Secretary of State . Alexandra Marks is following the story for the Christian Science Monitor .
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.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?