FROM Christy Hoppe
Midnight Battle over Abortion in Texas Legislature In Austin, Texas, legislators were up until almost three this morning for a chaotic session featuring a 13-hour filibuster against new abortion restrictions. Fifteen minutes before midnight, Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte tried to make her voice heard by the Republican majority, which had been ignoring her during a lengthy session. Christy Hoppe, Austin Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News , picks up the story.
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.
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?
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.