FROM Maynard Benjamin
Postal Service Threatened with Drastic Cuts in Jobs, Benefits Acknowledging that its request is "extraordinary, the US Postal Service has told Congress that " we will be insolvent next month ,” and need to break labor agreements and get out of the federal retirement system. Mail volume has dropped by 20 percent, producing a loss of $20 billion in the past four years, $8.5 billion last year alone. We hear more from Lisa Rein, who reports on the federal government for the Washington Post , and Maynard Benjamin, president of the Envelope Manufacturers Association.
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?