FROM Christine Schenk
What Are the Prospects for a 'Vatican Spring?' Three days after Benedict XVI made himself Pope Emeritus by resignation , the College of Cardinals gathered today at the Vatican. They came by car, bus and taxi and told reporters they have a lot to talk about before going to the Sistine Chapel to vote on Benedict's replacement. The Pope Emeritus has left the Church of Rome coping with sex abuse, financial corruption, and the role of women. The Vatican has confirmed wiretaps on its own officials, and the Pope Emeritus is being publicly criticized -- unthinkable during his years of infallibility. Will the next Pope be vulnerable to pressure to step down? We hear demands for reform from American nuns and sex-abuse victims and update today's developments in Rome.
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.
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.
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.