FROM Laurel Sutherlin
The Dark Side of Going Heart Healthy Packaged foods and cosmetics -- from corn chips and chocolate candy to lipstick and eye-liner -- all contain palm oil. It's almost impossible to avoid. It's also hard to exaggerate the damage from palm-oil production: deforestation, increased global warming, and abuses of human rights. But the palm-oil industry's growing fast — especially to replace trans fats, now being eliminated by the FDA to protect consumers from heart disease. With imports of palm oil having increased by 60% palm oil is here to stay. So, what will it take to mitigate all those destructive trade-offs?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
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.