FROM Laura King
Will Israel-Gaza Ceasefire Hold? After seven weeks of fighting that killed more than 2,200 people, there is peace today in Israel and Gaza. Israel and Hamas agreed to an indefinite ceasefire yesterday. But the truce, brokered by Egypt, is similar to past deals that have collapsed. And key details still need to be worked out. Will it last?
Taliban Attack Hotel outside Kabul In another demonstration of continued strength today, insurgents attacked a luxury hotel on a lake near Kabul where some 300 elite Afghans were holding a party. They used rocket-propelled grenades, suicide vests and machine guns. Laura King is in Kabul for the Los Angeles Times .
Momentum for Taliban Peace Talks Grows The Taliban have said they'll only talk peace with the US, claiming Afghanistan's President Karzai is no more than an American puppet. But Karzai has told the Wall Street Journal that three-way talks have been held in the past month. Laura King is based in Kabul for the Los Angeles Times .
Afghanistan's Peace Talks Dealt a Blow The former President of Afghanistan was assassinated by a suicide bomber today at his home in Kabul. Burhanuddin Rabbani was leading the effort to start negotiations between the Karzai government and the Taliban. Laura King is reporting from Kabul for the Los Angeles Times .
Taliban Launches Attacks on US Embassy, Other Targets in Kabul The heart of Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul was the site of a brazing attack today, including rockets fired at the heavily guarded neighborhood of the US embassy and headquarters of NATO. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded to the attacks by vowing to "take all necessary steps not only to ensure the safety of our people but to secure the area and to ensure those who perpetrated this attack are dealt with." Laura King is in Kabul for the Los Angeles Times .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?