FROM Sherif Mansour
Egyptians Firm on Regime Change, US Pushes Slower Approach Just before yesterday's Super Bowl game, President Obama gave Fox News his latest assessment of events in Egypt. In parts of Cairo today, banks opened and shops were staffed. The Egyptian government wants business as usual, but protesters in Cairo aren't giving an inch and they're considering demonstrations in other cities. Vice President Suleiman met yesterday with a group including the Muslim Brotherhood, and each side has a different version of what really went on. Protest leaders are particularly skeptical about Washington's call for an " orderly transition ," saying it sounds like a recipe for continued repression. We get an update from Tahrir Square, hear different estimates of possible outcomes and discuss why Egypt is so important to American interests.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.