FROM John Morse
Have Mass Shootings Become the 'New Normal?' After 13 people were gunned down in Washington's Navy Yard Monday, the White House and Congress took a moment to mourn and went back to business. One Washington Post headline read: " RIP" (Rest in Peace) "for gun control ." Gun control advocates predicted big change after the school slaughter in Newtown, Connecticut, but Congress did nothing. And, last week, two Colorado lawmakers were recalled for supporting background checks for gun buyers and limited magazines. Gun rights advocates say there'd be less killing if more people were armed to defend themselves. Is it time to decide what kind of country America wants to be?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.