FROM Scott Ostler
College Football Playoff It won’t be long before the College Football Playoff Committee will decide who plays in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl, on the way to establishing this year’s national champion. Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle says the idea is great but that the concept is flawed.
Bonds Breaks Aaron's Record Last night, Barry Bonds did it before hometown fans, breaking Hank Aaron 's long-standing record of 755 career home runs. Today's San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants' slugger achieved his record despite distractions and pressures. His personal trainer sits in prison for refusing to testify against him, Major League Baseball has a legal team investigating suspected steroid use, and a federal grand jury has targeted Bonds in a perjury probe. Chronicle sports columnist Scott Ostler has more on the record holder and his troubles.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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?