FROM Matt Ford
Democrats challenge Sessions nomination after Yates firing Senate Democrats today on Capitol Hill refused to attend committee votes on two of President Trump's nominees. They did not boycott the hearing on Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next Attorney General. Instead, they focused on Trump's dramatic firing yesterday of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. At the hearing, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin emphasized that, "this is a constitutional moment for us to consider how the next attorney general will deal with the remaining three years and a 11 months of this president." Matt Ford, who covers law and the courts for The Atlantic , has more on Democrats' dramatic showdown.
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.