FROM Floyd Abrams
Is Press Freedom 'Plummeting' in US? Reporters Without Borders is an international NGO that rates 180 countries on press freedom. Its latest report has Finland, the Netherlands and Norway at the top of the list, with Turkmenistan North Korea and Eritrea at the bottom. The US is said to have suffered a "significant decline," having dropped 13 points since last year when it comes to press freedom. It's now reportedly standing at 46th out of 180, between Romania and Haiti. First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams has defended Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers and prevailed over the Nixon Administration. His books include Friend of the Court and Speaking Freely , and he's been a professor at the law schools of Yale and Columbia.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.