FROM Rebecca Kaplan
Senate's First Hearing on Guns since Newton Draws Attention Before it began to debate gun control this morning, a Senate committee heard from Gabrielle Giffords and her former astronaut husband, Mark Kelly. The former Congresswoman was a gun owner before she was gunned down in a mass shooting in Arizona. Later, the committee heard from Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association. Rebecca Kaplan, who reports for the National Journal on the White House and Congress, covered today's hearing .
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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?