FROM Seung Min Kim
Trump says US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel President Trump says the US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He calls it a campaign promise, but is it a wise move? Under pressure from scandal, Democratic Senator Al Franken and Republican representative Trent Franks will resign, that comes as Alabama voters are preparing to possibly send Roy Moore to the Senate. Congress passed legislation to fund the government will they reach a longer term deals.
Sanctuary Cities Targeted by Lawmakers The Senate votes tomorrow on a bill that would deny federal law enforcement funding to sanctuary cities, which protect undocumented immigrants from being deported. Los Angeles and San Francisco are both sanctuary cities. The bill would also put stricter prison sentences on those who try to re-enter the United States after being deported. The House passed its version of this bill in July, after the death of Kate Steinle, a woman in San Francisco who was shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant. That immigrant had been released from jail instead of handed over to federal immigration officials.
Sanctuary Cities In a nearly four-hour hearing in the House this week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson answered questions about the killing, earlier this month, of Kathryn Steinle on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. One of those questions was why an undocumented immigrant with felony convictions hadn’t been deported. Steinle was shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who admitted killing her but maintains that it was an accident. Lopez-Sanchez had been deported back to Mexico five times, and had recently been released from a federal prison.
First African-American Woman Sworn In as Attorney General More than 160 days since she was confirmed by the Senate, Loretta Lynch was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden today as the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States. Seung Min Kim reports on the Justice Department for Politico .
House Votes to Roll Back Obama's Immigration Actions Most House Republicans today voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security with amendments designed to kill the President's executive orders shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Speaker John Boehner denied the move was a dispute between parties, but rather an " executive overreach " and "an affront to the rule of law and to the constitution itself." Today's amended bill passed, satisfying hard-line party members but some moderates are unhappy, as we hear from Seung Min Kim, who reports for Politico .
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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 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?