FROM Alicia Shepard
Public Broadcasting in the Cross Hairs Republicans in Congress have de-funded public broadcasting, and the cuts include $94 million the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gives to public radio stations, which then help to fund NPR. Two embarrassing incidents have made NPR's struggle to get the money restored more difficult than it had to be.
Public Broadcasting in the Cross Hairs The Republican Congress has voted to eliminate federal money for public broadcasting, including $94 million the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gives to public radio stations, which then help to fund NPR. Republicans see NPR as too liberal, and felt vindicated when NPR fired Juan Williams for comments on Fox News. Now, in an ambush interview , an NPR fundraiser called Tea Party conservatives anti-intellectual racists, and NPR's president has been ousted . Is NPR really biased? Is it ready for damage control? What about public stations that need federal money but don't even carry NPR News?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.