FROM Melissa Chiu
China's Most Famous Artist Jailed for 'Economic Crimes' One of China's most distinguished artists and architects has been detained for investigation of "economic crimes," and other countries have been warned not to meddle in his case. After a news conference yesterday at China's Foreign Ministry, the official transcript deleted all questions and answers about Ai Weiwei . The issue was why the designer of the Bird's Nest stadium for the Beijing Olympics was detained at the Beijing airport, still under detention, while police officers raided his art studio. Melissa Chiu is Director of the Asia Society Museum .
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 Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
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.