FROM Marc Santora
Northeast Braces for Monster Blizzard Mayor Thomas Menino today warned the people of Boston . "This is a storm of major proportions…Stay home… Make sure that our public safety vehicles are able to get through the streets." New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced , "Many of the same communities that were inundated by Hurricane Sandy's tidal surge just about a hundred days ago are likely to see some moderate coastal flooding this evening." Marc Santora of the New York Times is keeping track of what's expected as the Northeast prepares for what could be another weather disaster.
Iraq to Investigate Hussein Video Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reportedly wanted to hasten the execution of Saddam Hussein. Today, al-Maliki ordered an investigation into which witnesses taunted Saddam before he died and who leaked cell-phone video to the Internet and the media.
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.
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.
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?