FROM Celia Wexler
Can GOP Contain Latest Scandal, Retain Congressional Control? Mark Foley's lawyer says the former Congressman never abused any children, but explicit e-mails to teenage boys cost him his job. House Speaker Dennis Hastert says he wasn’t the only one who knew about Foley’s e-mails. Yesterday on Rush Limbaugh's radio show, Hastert said he was not to blame for waiting so long to take action. As the scandal escalates, can Hastert and other Republicans hold on to theirs? What's the likely fallout with Christian conservatives and other voters concerned about moral issues? Do the Democrats risk a backlash if they appear to politicize a sensitive issue? We get the latest on what they knew, when they knew and whether they took any action.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.
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?
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?