FROM Ron Nixon
New details on who the travel ban will bar The Trump Administration is rolling out its revised travel ban today, now that the Supreme Court has given the green light to parts of the order. The ban limits foreign visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries. But Ron Nixon, who writes about national security for the New York Times , says it's more complicated than that.
Has the government made headway on reviewing vetting processes for foreigners coming to U.S.? It’s been about five months since President Trump introduced his three-month travel ban. The executive order limits travel from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, and suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days. It was designed to give the government time to review and tighten the vetting process for foreigners coming here from those countries. Since the government has had several months to review its vetting and security processes, is the ban even needed anymore?
Political Food Fight: Pizza as a Vegetable in School Lunches Ronald Reagan failed to have ketchup defined as a vegetable for the federal school lunch program, but pizza and French fries are on the menu. With 17 percent of Americans aged two to 19 obese, the Obama Administration wants overhaul nutrition rules for federal school lunch programs. But Republicans in Congress complain about what they call "overly burdensome and costly regulations." Ron Nixon is Washington correspondent for the New York Times .
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.
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.