FROM Robert Boege
The Shanghai Expo and America's Economic Decline Last year, on her first trip overseas as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton went to China, where she wanted to talk about trade and the exchange rate. Chinese leaders wanted to find out why the US had no plans for a pavilion at this year's Shanghai Expo , the biggest thing of its kind in human history.
The Shanghai Expo and America's Economic Decline This year's Shanghai Expo makes the Beijing Olympics look like a Little League tournament, according to one observer, with 70 million people expected. But the US pavilion is being criticized as "bland," "uninspired" and "unimpressive." Does that reveal more than an image problem? In the aftermath of World War II, the US became the world's dominant power, with a middle class built by innovation and manufacturing. With so much now outsourced to the global economy, what's left to show off? Is the Shanghai Expo another signal America can't afford to ignore?
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.