FROM Alexandra Ulmer
Venezuelan opposition vows to escalate protests after referendum Over seven million Venezuelans voted yesterday in a symbolic referendum to reject the Maduro government's plan to rewrite the country's constitution, this after three months of protests that have left 93 people dead and over fifteen hundred wounded. What's next for Venezuela's opposition coalition? Alexandra Ulmer, who reports for Reuters in Venezuela, says the opposition has vowed to escalate its protests.
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?
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.