FROM John Pomfret
Obama Meets with the Dalai Lama, but Keeps It Low Key President Obama welcomed the Dalai Lama to the White House today. The meeting was originally supposed to take place last year, but was postponed due to concerns that it could trouble the waters ahead of a US-China summit last fall. Every aspect of today's meeting is being closely watched, right down to where it was held, and who did and did not attend, as we hear from John Pomfret, who reports for the Washington Post .
Understanding Tiananmen Square 20 Years Later Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary of the bloody crackdown near Tiananmen Square, when Chinese troops gunned down unarmed civilians. No one knows how many died, and the government is still trying to prevent citizens from remembering what happened. Foreign journalists have been barred from the square, Internet sharing sites have been shut down and dissidents have been confined to their homes or required to leave Beijing. John Pomfret, former Beijing Bureau Chief for the Washington Post , is author of Chinese Lessons : Five Classmates and the Story of the New China.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
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.