FROM Mark Di Ionno
New Jersey Steps In to Rescue Atlantic City The Mayor of Newark, New Jersey has made "savage" cuts in the budget, including a four-day week for city workers, closing swimming pools in the middle of a summer heat wave, and banning the purchase of toilet paper. But New Jersey's biggest problem town is Atlantic City. New Jersey's new Governor is a small-government Republican, but Chris Christie has big ideas about saving a "dying" Atlantic City. Mark Di Ionno is a columnist for the Star-Ledger .
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?