FROM Geoffrey Dabelko
Global Warming and National Security Despite a Republican boycott, Democrats today jammed a cap-and-trade climate change bill though the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Chairwoman Barbara Boxer of California said the Republican demand was " duplicative and a waste of taxpayer dollars ." With just a month until a United Nations conference in Copenhagen, they wanted to show the world that Congress is ready for action on global warming. Republicans, and some Democrats, are worried about the cost of mandatory limits on heat-trapping gases, so supporters have raised a new question: Do melting icecaps, violent storms, rising sea levels and drought threaten global stability and America's national security?
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.
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?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.