FROM Dennis Feltgen
Emergency Preparations Ramp Up as the Northeast Waits for Irene Even before Hurricane Irene hit the Carolinas, evacuations were underway as far north as New York and New Jersey. President Obama said federal agencies are preparing with states and cities for a "historic" storm that could be "extremely dangerous and costly." As many as 55 million people live in areas threatened with power outages, high winds and flooding where heavy rains already have saturated the ground. Major airports are in the path of the storm, rail lines could be under water and highways are closed — with potential impact on transportation nationwide. We hear what's being done to prepare for the worst and the possible aftermath.
Watching Hurricane Irene The first major hurricane of the season is bearing down on the US. Emergency officials say that Hurricane Irene may be the first to make landfall here since Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008. Dennis Feltgen is a spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida.
Mexico Braces for Dean, First Major Storm of the Season Dean is the first big hurricane of the season. It has battered Jamaica, and is moving toward Mexico. Texas Governor Jim Perry says he’s not taking any chances. He's called in skilled rescue teams and state military forces to help those who cannot evacuate on their own. Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen is a public affairs officer for the National Hurricane Center .
Ice Storms in Texas, Snow in Malibu, and T-Shirts in Central Park Winter was weeks late in New England this year and Southern California had an unseasonable heat wave until the first of this week. Yesterday, snow fell on Malibu. Texas and Oklahoma are among the nine states where ice has closed roads and cancelled air travel in places where that doesn't usually happen. What's going on with the weather? Meteorologist Dennis Feltgen is at the national office of the National Weather Service .
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.