FROM John Maggs
Can the Lame Duck Congress Get Anything Done? Democrats postponed some of their most important business until after the mid-term elections. Now, they’re facing a lame-duck session with no appropriations bills passed and the Bush tax cuts about to expire before the end of the year.
Can the Lame Duck Congress Get Anything Done? Democrats are still in the majority with hopes of completing unfinished business. Republicans want to wait until next year. But the federal government could shut down unless there's compromise on appropriations bills. Even defense spending has yet to be passed. The 800-pound gorilla is the Bush tax cuts, with Republicans demanding all or nothing and liberal Democrats pushing the President not to compromise. What are the prospects of making order out of impending chaos?
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 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.
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?