FROM Maher Hathout
Local Reaction to the Events in Egypt Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a sort of history tonight. In a televised address to the nation, he declared that he would not stand for re-election in September. With close to a half-million Egyptians living in the Los Angeles region, we get local reaction to events in Egypt, including remembrance of a similar historic moment in Cairo in 1954, after King Farouk was deposed by a military coup led by Gamal Abdel Nasser. We also hear from LA's Jewish community, which is America's second largest Jewish community after New York.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.