FROM Jay Jochnowitz
The Transition of Power in New York State Ethics crusader Eliot Spitzer has been driven from office by a long-time association with expensive prostitutes. Today, the Governor publicly apologized to his family and the people of New York, but made no mention of reports that he was caught moving money into shell companies allegedly to disguise his patronage of a prostitution ring. Unclear is whether he'll be prosecuted by federal authorities. On Monday, Lt. Gov. David Paterson will become the first African American to govern the state of New York. The Acting Lt. Gov. will be Republican Senate leader Joe Bruno.
New York Governor Spitzer Hanging onto Job, for Now Republican leaders in Albany are threatening impeachment if Democratic Governor Elliot Spitzer doesn't resign in 48 hours. Assembly minority leader James Tedisco says he's already promised Republican support if Lt. Gov. David Paterson assumes the governorship. Paterson is a Democrat from Harlem who's legally blind. But Spitzer has his defenders, including Alan Dershowitz from Harvard Law School, where Spitzer served as his research assistant. The renowned constitutional scholar, who called the entire matter "overblown," said history "has proved that people can govern well during the day while acting as children and adolescents in the evening." Will sexual misconduct end a career that might have led to the White House?
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.
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.
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.