FROM Molly Crabapple
A new restriction on travel to the United States If travelers from 10 Middle-East and North-African airports are confused, they're not the only ones. The Department of Homeland Security has issued a new ban on electronic devices to protect against what it calls a "long time threat." For nine foreign airlines flying from the Middle-East and North Africa direct to the US It's cellphones only: no laptops, tablets or other devices for passengers on their planes. But if the airlines have several days to put it into effect, how urgent is it? Travelers needing electronic devices will likely switch to alternate routes on US-based airlines — even though their service isn't as good. Is the ban really about terror or trade?
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.