FROM Sam Bhagwat
Can a Silicon Valley Startup Outsmart Immigration Officials? America's limited work-visa program is causing a crisis in the high-tech industry. Just 65,000 work-visas are issued each year and many foreigners educated in the US — sometimes at taxpayer expense — have to stay on waiting lists for years. So, many go home or to other countries, choking off the supply of immigrants regarded as the lifeblood of Silicon Valley. Now there's a plan to anchor a cruise ship 12 miles off shore in international waters, where potential entrepreneurs can live and commute to Silicon Valley on business tourism visas. It's called Blueseed , and Sam Bhagwat is the Chief Financial Officer.
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.
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.
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.