FROM Javier Hernandez
Decision Clears Way for Ground Zero Mosque New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission has cleared the way for a Muslim community center, including a mosque, to be constructed two blocks from Ground Zero. The program director for Park 51 says it's designed to "build bridges between faiths," like Jewish Community Centers and YMCA's. Reacting to today's unanimous vote, some in the audience shouted, "Shame on you." Opponents include Sarah Palin , Tea Partiers, some Republican leaders and the Anti-Defamation League , all of whom call it an affront to the victims of 911. Victims' families are divided. Javier Hernandez covered today's hearing for the New York Times .
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?
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.
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?