FROM Robert Wilonsky
Details of the Dallas Sniper Attack Five police officers dead in Dallas – and seven others wounded, along with two civilians – after a grisly sniper attack made chaos of a peaceful march to protest police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. One suspect is dead, killed by the police with a robot bomb after a tense hours-long standoff.
Where Syrian Jihadists Get Their Trucks A plumber in Texas has filed suit over a picture falsely linking him to jihadists in Syria. A year ago, the final episode of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report showed a picture of a Ford pickup truck with an anti-aircraft gun in the back -- and the logo of a plumber in Texas City, Texas on the passenger-side door. The plumber, Mark Oberholtzer, was deluged with hate mail and threating phone calls because the truck was being driven by jihadists in the Syrian Civil War. Now Oberholtzer has sued for a million dollars.
Picking Up the Pieces in West, Texas after Fertilizer Plant Explosion In the town of West, near Waco, Texas, a fertilizer plant exploded last night with enough force to register on earthquake monitors. Between five and 15 people were killed, more than 160 have been hospitalized with injuries, and the search for more victims continues. Speaking of the "nightmare scenario," Texas Governor Rick Perry called their emergency management team "the best…in the country," adding that "they certainly were at their best last night — along with the citizens." Robert Wolilnsky is digital managing editor at the Dallas Morning News .
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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 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.