FROM Richard Carlbom
Same-Sex Marriage: The US Supreme Court and the States Two weeks ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy used soaring rhetoric to declare the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as between a man and a women, violated the Constitution. But that only applied to denying federal benefits to same-sex couples. Gay marriage, he said, is up to the states, and only 13 states have made it legal — while it's banned in 29 state constitutions. (The Court also restored same-sex marriage in California.) In a scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia predicted that state bans on same-sex marriage would soon be ended. We hear how Kennedy's conflicted ruling has led to state-by-state battles, in a war that may not end until another US Supreme Court decision.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.