FROM Edward Schiappa
Gender Identity and Civil Rights Former PFC Bradley Manning is now Chelsea Manning, spotlighting transgender rights in the military and beyond. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender movement has helped spread recognition of homosexual rights, but the "T" in LGBT has been silent. Now, state and local officials are grappling with protections for transgender people, including the choice of school bathrooms. The New York Times calls it the "next civil rights frontier." Will transgender sports figures reveal themselves? What about characters in films and TV? Movies tackling transgender issues: Normal Boys Don't Cry Orange Is the New Black Venus of Mars
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?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.