FROM Sam Ames
Obama Calls for an End to Gay Conversion Therapies A petition calling for an end to so-called "conversion therapy" was signed by 120,000 people and sent to the White House. It was sparked by the suicide of Leelah Alcorn , a 17-year old transgender person. White House advisor Valerie Jarrett wrote in response, "We share your concern about the potentially devastating effects on the lives of transgender as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth." Yesterday, the President responded with a pledge to ban the practice for young people. Sam Ames is staff attorney and BornPerfect campaign coordinator at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Photo: Steve Eason
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?