FROM Aubrey Sarvis
Obama Signals Intention to Reverse 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' In 1993, newly elected President Bill Clinton wanted to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in America's armed services. The outcry against it was so great that he backed off and contrived, “don't ask, don't tell.” During his campaign, Barack Obama said he'd get rid of that policy, but recent statements led to questions about backpedaling. Not any more. Last Friday, Obama's press secretary gave a one-word answer the question heavy with social and historical baggage. Aubrey Sarvis is director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network .
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
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.
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.