FROM Brett Clanton
Battle to Stop Oil Coming Ashore in Mississippi River Delta As the massive oil spill began to wash up on the Gulf Coast, President Obama repeated that the federal government is "fully prepared" and doing "everything necessary" to cope with the onset of an environmental disaster. Brett Clanton is energy reporter for the Houston Chronicle .
US Coast Guard Tries to Burn Oil Spill Nearing Land The massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is now 600 miles in circumference and growing fast. It's a consequence of last week's blowout and fire on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. The latest plan to keep it from washing ashore is…burning it off. Brett Clanton reports for the Houston Chronicle .
Oil Rig Sinks, Hopes Fade of Finding 11 Missing Workers There’s little hope of finding 11 workers missing since Tuesday’s explosion on the oil-drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. BP PLC, the company that leases the rig, is leading the effort to clean up a growing oil slick. Brett Clanton reports for the Houston Chronicle .
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.
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.
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.