FROM Jeff Benedict
Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's Alleged Racist Comments The irony takes your breath away. Los Angeles Clipper's owner Donald Sterling was about to receive a lifetime achievement award from the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP when TMZ released the now infamous recording , allegedly between Sterling and former girlfriend V. Stiviano, in which Sterling makes numerous racist remarks. But this isn't the first time he's faced questions relating to race. As a landlord he settled four discrimination lawsuits. He was also sued by a former Clippers manager on charges of discrimination. What's in the NBA's playbook for dealing with Sterling. Jeff Benedict is special features writer for Sports Illustrated .
Arenas Incident Shines Spotlight on Guns in the NBA Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards is a star player and a quirky personality in professional basketball. Now he admits he brought a gun into the team locker room. Federal prosecutors have convened a grand jury to review the incident, which might have involved in a confrontation with fellow teammate Javaris Crittenton . Jeff Benedict, author of Out of Bounds : Inside the NBA's Culture of Rape, Violence and Crime, discusses what else might have happened and what it means for the image of the NBA.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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.
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.