FROM Murray Waas
Libby Sentenced to 30 Months in CIA Leak Case Lewis “ Scooter ” Libby , was sentenced to two and a half years in prison today for lying and his role in obstructing an investigation into the leak of the identity of a CIA operative. The presiding judge also imposed a fine of $250,000 on Vice President Dick Cheney ’ s former chief-of-staff, as well as a two-year probation following his release from prison. Investigative reporter Murray Waas is the author of The United States v. I. Lewis Libby .
Monica Goodling Testifies A former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified before a House committee today under a grant of immunity. Monica Goodling conceded that she might have allowed politics to play too much of a role in the hiring of career lawyers. Despite her title as White House liaison, Goodling denied the claim that she can resolve the issue of whether eight US Attorneys were fired to help Republicans by hurting Democrats.
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.
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.
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.
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.