FROM Caroline Wadhams
President Obama Claims Progress in Afghanistan After the much-awaited White House review , President Obama said today that gains in Afghanistan are "fragile" but real. He still hopes to begin a so-called "conditions-based" withdrawal in July of next year.
President Obama Claims Progress in Afghanistan Having sent 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, President Obama conceded today that progress is "fragile." He still thinks withdrawal can begin next July, but also said the war is moving into what he called a "new phase," and that US combat forces will remain until December, 2014. Intelligence estimates say the fight will be harder than the Pentagon claims, with Pakistan refusing to shut down Taliban sanctuaries across the border. A new poll shows that 60 percent of Americans don't think the war is worth fighting. We hear how the President defines his goals as well as his strategy.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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?