FROM Ana Iparraguirre
Presidential Race Livens Up on Both Sides Enshrined as the Democratic front-runner by the media and by Republicans Hillary Clinton was on the defensive in last night's debate . John Edwards accused her of double-talk and representing the status quo. Barack Obama called her secretive—like George Bush. Will the predicted confrontations make a difference? Is Clinton's lead really all that solid? On the Republican side, can born-again conservative Mike Huckabee make a run at Rudy Giuliani ? In a little over eight weeks, voters in Iowa and New Hampshire will finally be heard from. Is either party speaking to the anger of voters two months before they start going to the polls?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?