FROM Patrick Cronin
North Korea Emerges as Cyber-Hacker Power The US and North Korea are exchanging threats and counter-threats in the aftermath of the hacking of Sony Pictures. The FBI has not released all its evidence, but it's blamed North Korea for the hacking with an unusual degree of certainty. North Korea denies the vastly expensive attack -- but says whoever was responsible did a "righteous" thing. President Obama and Republicans disagree over whether to call it "cyber-warfare" or "cyber-vandalism" and what the response should be. Some security experts question the FBI's conclusion that North Korea was responsible in the first place.
North Korea Sentences American to 15 Years Hard Labor North Korea has sentenced an American citizen to 15 years of hard labor. Should the US allow Kenneth Bae to languish in prison or send an envoy to negotiate his release? Patrick Cronin is senior analyst with the Center for a New American Security .
Can Toyota Recover Its Image? Before hearing from the CEO of Toyota today, members of Congress grilled the Secretary of Transportation about why regulators were so slow to act on sudden acceleration. We hear about auto safety, Toyota's future and the economy of Japan.
Toyota: On the Capitol Hill Hot Seat Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a House Oversight Committee hearing today that any car on a recall list is not safe until it's been repaired by a certified dealer. That warning came as the CEO of Toyota, a Japanese icon who bears his company's name, apologized for the deadly results of sudden acceleration. Is the company getting fair treatment or is this a Congressional "witch hunt." What's at stake for auto safety, Toyota and the economy of Japan?
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.