FROM Daniel Wilson
Will Fixing the Infrastructure Help Repair the Economy? The collapse of the Skagit River Bridge on Interstate 5 in Washington State has shut down a major artery between Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. All it took was a truck with an oversized load. A pickup truck and an SUV fell into very cold water. Both drivers and a passenger escaped with minor injuries, but the incident has refocused on aging infrastructure all over the country. State officials say hundreds of other bridges are vulnerable. Is America's vital infrastructure crumbling from age and neglect? President Obama wants public investment to fix it and stimulate the economy. Is that as easy as he makes it sound? Where's the money?
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?
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.
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?