FROM Andy Kroll
Which Hollywood Celebs Support Trump, and Who's Willing to Admit It? The Koch brothers have been big contributors to Republican candidates and causes for many years, but the one candidate they've said they will not get behind is Donald Trump. There are plenty of other big spenders, however, ready to drop some dollars on Trump's presidential campaign. He's kicking off his fundraising efforts in Los Angeles Wednesday with an event hosted at the mansion of real estate billionaire, Tom Barrack. The cheapest ticket to attend costs $25,000. Insiders involved in the event have said they there will be some entertainment bigwigs in attendance, but many are reluctant to openly state their support of Trump in liberal Hollywood.
Journalists' Lives at Risk in Syria Nearly every day, foreign correspondents join this program to share their reporting and insights from dangerous parts of the world, be it Nigeria and Liberia or Syria and Iraq. The beheading of James Foley is a reminder that they’re taking enormous risks to do so. Foley is only one of dozens of journalists overseas who have been kidnapped in recent years by extremist groups. Andy Kroll is senior reporter at Mother Jones magazine and he’s been writing about the increasing number of journalists taken hostage.
Wisconsin and the Rights of Government Employees Wisconsin's public employee unions say they've agreed to Republican Governor Scott Walker's proposed increases in pension and healthcare contributions. But they're into the second week of protests over his demand that collective bargaining rights be limited.
Standoff Continues in Wisconsin In Madison, protesters packed the Capitol again today as Wisconsin's Governor refused to negotiate his controversial budget bill. Republican Scott Walker's plan is aimed at a $137 million shortfall. The state's public employee unions say they've agreed to Walker's proposed pay cuts and pension contributions, but are into the second week of protests over his demand that collective bargaining rights be limited. The minority Senate Democrats have left the state to prevent Republicans from enacting the Governor's proposal. President Obama's accused Walker of an "assault against unions," and minority Senate Democrats have left the state to prevent Republicans from changing the law. We get the latest's on a bitter dispute focused on government workers and the economy.
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
Is the United States losing its moral authority in the world? American support for human rights has often been criticized as more about words than it is about action. President Trump is creating more skeptics than ever. What are the consequences for America's role in the world?