FROM Robert Berenson
The Politics and Economics of Medicare There will be no vacation from political advertising this Fourth of July as the battle over 10% cuts in Medicare reaches a fever pitch. At stake are payments to 600,000 doctors who care for 52 million people, a big percent of the voting population in an election year. Neither Republicans nor Democrats want the cuts to go through, but the Senate failed to prevent them by just one vote. That's pitted the doctors against the insurance industry in an advertising frenzy designed to influence action next week.
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.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.