FROM Kate Devlin
Scotland Votes Down Independence Despite recent polls showing it too close to call, Scottish voters decided yesterday to keep the United Kingdom together by a margin of 55 percent to 45. The concession by Alex Salmond, says it all. He was the leader of the independence movement. Salmond has resigned as First Minister of Scotland. Kate Devlin is political correspondent for the Herald of Glasgow.
Lead-up to the Scottish Independence Vote Britain’s three political parties don’t agree on much, but they are united in wanting Scotland to remain in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister David Cameron warns that independence would lead to a “painful divorce.” Will Scotland vote to go it alone on Thursday? Kate Devlin is political correspondent for The Herald of Glasgow.
Scotland Poised to Vote on Independence It’s been 307 years since Scotland and England became the United Kingdom, but generations of Scots have never lost their yearning for independence. In 1997, they established their own Parliament but, for many, that isn’t enough. In less than two weeks, all residents 16 and over will have a chance to create a separate county. Just one vote could make the difference. We’ll hear what that means for Britain’s identity crisis, and for independence movements in Spain, Italy and other countries in the European Union.
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'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.
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.