FROM Frances Robles
Hurricane Irene Batters the Bahamas, Evacuations Ordered for North Carolina Irene has not yet become a Category 4 hurricane, but it's growing fast after battering the northern Bahamas. What's the likely next strike for Irene? Frances Robles is in Nassau for the Miami Herald . Greg Heavener is a meteorologist at the National Weather Services office in Mount Holly, New Jersey.
Obama Visits Puerto Rico, in Pursuit of Votes in Florida Barack Obama became the first President since John F. Kennedy to visit the Territory of Puerto Rico, where he took the opportunity to make points for his re-election campaign. Although people who live on the island are not allowed to vote in federal elections, those living on the mainland are. Frances Robles is a foreign correspondent for the Miami Herald , joining us from San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Military Coup in Honduras For the first time in 16 years, an elected president has been replaced by a military coup in Central America. Manuel Zelaya is now in Costa Rica, where he was taken yesterday by soldiers who kidnapped him, in his pijamas, from his home in Tegucigalpa. He's been replaced as President of Honduras by Roberto Micheletti, a congressional leader from Zelaya's own party, but one of his enemies. Frances Robles of the Miami Herald is in Tegucigalpa.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?