FROM Pamela Metzger
The Effort to Save New Orleans' Criminal Justice System In New Orleans this year there have been 83 murders but just one murder trial--for a killing that occurred before Katrina. This week, Mayor Ray Nagin announced an initiative to replace the cops, prosecutors and defense attorneys who left town and haven't come back. Meantime, judges are releasing suspects being held under deplorable conditions. We get an update and hear about efforts to find prosecutors and defense attorneys before judges let suspects out of jail.
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.
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.
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?