FROM Edward Cody
Europe Bans Iranian Oil Imports, Nuclear Tensions Escalate The European Union today launched what sounds like unprecedented escalation of sanctions aimed at squeezing Iran's economy. All 27 foreign ministers agreed to ban the import of Iranian oil and freeze assets of Iran's central bank located in Europe. But there are loopholes and the action won't take effect for six months. Edward Cody is in Brussels for the Washington Post .
Flights to Resume over Europe The Royal Navy has deployed three ships to continental Europe to rescue travelers stranded by volcanic ash from Iceland. At the same time, Britain plans a gradual reopening of its airspace, starting in Scotland. Edward Cody is foreign correspondent for the Washington Post .
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.
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.