FROM Christopher Martin
Can US Solar Companies Compete with Cheaper Chinese Rivals? Solyndra has filed for bankruptcy and laid off 1100 workers. It's being investigated by Republicans in Congress and the FBI. The Obama White House has taken heat for pushing $527million in federal subsidies for the California-based solar company as a provider of jobs in the "green economy." Now the Labor Department is looking into the impact on competition from China. Before Solyndra went bankrupt, President Obama called it "a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism." Chris Martin is clean-tech and renewable energy reporter from Bloomberg News .
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?