FROM Jeanne Cummings
Sarah Palin's Wardrobe: Fashion Do or Don't? "Nothing says Main Street like Sacks Fifth Avenue" is just one of the cracks made by political pundits after news that the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 on clothes for Sarah Palin. An advocate for Joe Sixpack, Palin only makes $125,000 a year as Governor of Alaska. Campaign operatives explained the purchases as allowing the vice presidential candidate to have the wardrobe she needed to campaign in different climates. But listing those expenses on campaign finance reports, where they were picked up by Politico , has created an image problem.
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?
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.
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.