FROM Kevin Smith
The Final Check-Out for an Ambitious Grocery Chain Early this year, a grocery chain with just 18 stores in Washington and Oregon bought up 146 supermarkets in five other states , including 83 in California. Just nine months later, Haggen has declared bankruptcy , and announced plans to close all its California stores , and laid off 2000 workers -- with another 6000 jobs on the line. (We invited Haggen and Comvest Partners to participate in this discussion, but they both declined.)
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.