FROM Ben Arnoldy
NATO Airstrikes in Afghanistan Kill Scores In Afghanistan today, officials say a NATO air strike on two fuel trucks has killed up to ninety people. An investigation is being launched into whether civilians were among those killed. In the meantime, controversy over the recent elections continues to grow. Ben Arnoldy is the South Asia Correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor .
US Military Launches Offensive in Afghanistan A US soldier reportedly has been captured by a terrorist group in Afghanistan. Not much is known, but the Agence-France Press says the group is promising a videotape along with some kind of demands. Meantime 4000 other marines are in involved in an offensive in Helmand Provence. Ben Arnoldy is South Asia correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor .
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?
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.