FROM Peter Isley
What Are the Prospects for a 'Vatican Spring?' Three days after Benedict XVI made himself Pope Emeritus by resignation , the College of Cardinals gathered today at the Vatican. They came by car, bus and taxi and told reporters they have a lot to talk about before going to the Sistine Chapel to vote on Benedict's replacement. The Pope Emeritus has left the Church of Rome coping with sex abuse, financial corruption, and the role of women. The Vatican has confirmed wiretaps on its own officials, and the Pope Emeritus is being publicly criticized -- unthinkable during his years of infallibility. Will the next Pope be vulnerable to pressure to step down? We hear demands for reform from American nuns and sex-abuse victims and update today's developments in Rome.
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.
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?