FROM Ron Buckmire
Proposition 8 and the Black Community Barack Obama 's expected to produce a record turnout of African American voters in California, and that could have an impact beyond the presidential election. Also on the state ballot is Proposition 8 , which would overturn the State Supreme Court's ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right. Prop 8 supporters say Obama's big turn-out will favor a yes vote, because blacks are opposed to same-sex marriage. But they're also supporters of civil rights. Obama himself is opposed to same sex marriage, but he's also against Prop 8, which he calls divisive and discriminatory. We hear several voices on what's being called the "Obama Effect."
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 is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?