FROM Nina Hachigian
Will the US Invest in its Own Future? The Royal Society of England has released a report on the scientific output of various countries. It reports that China has already surpassed Britain as the second leading producer of research in the world and, at its present rate, it will overtake the United States in science in just two years. Meantime, education in the United States is in the cross hairs of both reformers and budget cutters.
Will the US Invest in Its Own Future? President Obama says the US has to "out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world," and industry leaders agree. However, while state after state challenges educators to produce a competitive workforce, they simultaneously cut spending from K through 12 to grad school. Meantime, the UK's Royal Society says China is producing enough research and trained professionals to " overtake the US in science " in two years. So why do Chinese parents do whatever they can to get their kids in to American schools? Does the US need education reform or more of the same?
US-China Relationship Is Strained China today repeated its protest of US arms sales to Taiwan, warning of "sanctions" against US companies that make the weapons involved. It also said the sales would "inevitably affect…cooperation on international and regional issues." What does that mean for sanctions against Iran? Will President Obama make things worse if he meets with the Dalai Lama ? Nina Hachigian, author of The Next American Century , served on President Clinton's National Security Council and advised the Obama campaign on policy in Asia. She's now senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.
The Obama Administration Meets China On her last day in China , Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Beijing to continue buying US bonds. In addition to the economy, she emphasized global warming, having said in advance that a public confrontation over human rights would interfere with those priorities.
Secretary of State Clinton Makes Her First Trip to China Hillary Clinton's first trip as Secretary of State took her to China , where the government is comfortable with Republicans. Instead of making demands about human rights and currency manipulation, she urged Beijing to continue buying American bonds. Worries about the world economy shared the agenda with global warming, energy and national security, including North Korea's nuclear weapons. Clinton told the Chinese, “We are truly going to rise and fall together.” We get several assessments of her visit and what lies ahead.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
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?