FROM Rebecca Frankel
The Dogs of War Foreign Policy magazine's Internet blog is running remarkable pictures of dogs training for combat -- bounding through ocean waves, charging at possible enemies and jumping from helicopters. One dog was part of the raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan. General David Petraeus says dogs have capabilities that "cannot be replicated by man or machine." The animal which was part of Navy Seal Team 6 on Sunday could have checked for explosives, detected someone in a concealed room or run down anyone trying to escape.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?