FROM Ian Austen
Canada's Liberal New Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau Politics in Canada are undergoing a major transformation with yesterday's upset election of Justin Trudeau , son of the former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. A Liberal, he's a stark contrast to long-time Conservative Stephen Harper. But, in victory, Trudeau downplayed their differences, reminding everyone, "As I've said many times over the course of this campaign, conservatives are not our enemies. They're our neighbors." Ian Austen, who reports from Canada for the New York Times , joins us from Ottawa.
A Day After Terror Strikes Canadian Capital Ottawa, Canada’s capitol city, is trying to get back to normal after yesterday’s deadly shooting that shut down both public agencies and private businesses for many hours. Prime Minister Stephen Harper opened Parliament today with a call for unity from otherwise partisan politicians. "We may sit across the aisle from one another,” Harper said, “But when faced with attacks on the country we all love and the things we all stand for, I know we will always stand together." Ian Austen is in Ottawa for the New York Times.
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.
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.
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?