FROM Dick Pound
IAAF Maintains Ban on Russian Track Team The worst fears of Russia's track and field team have been realized. The governing body of world track and field, the IAAF announced today that the ban against Russian track and field athletes will be extended to this summer's Olympics in Rio. Former world-record miler Sebastian Coe, now IAAF President, announced, "Although good progress has been made, the IAAF council was unanimous that RUSAF had not met the reinstatement conditions and that Russian athletes could not credibly return to international competition without undermining the confidence of their competitors and the public." Dick Pound is the founding president of the World Anti-Doping Agency , called WADA. He headed the investigation into what he called, "a deeply rooted culture of cheating at all levels."
Tarnished Gold: Will Russian Olympic Doping Jeopardize Rio? It's a saga that echoes the darkest intrigues of the Cold War: Dozens of Russian Olympic athletes accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs under state supervision, then faking their tests. The Russian lab director who ran the secret program has blown the whistle, and the US Justice Department has opened an investigation. Meanwhile, Olympic officials say that re-tests of doping samples from the 2008 Beijing Games could bar more than 30 athletes representing a dozen countries from this summer's games. We hear from the reporter who broke the story.
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.
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 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?