FROM Simone Rodan-Benzaquen
Will Terrorism in France Mean Unity or Division? Massive turnouts in Paris and other cities yesterday were a demonstration of national outrage against terrorism and anti-Semitism. In Paris, the leaders of 40 countries marched in solidarity against terrorism. Now, as the search continues for possible accomplices in last week's deadly attacks, some 10,000 new security forces are being deployed around the country – almost 5000 will be assigned to guard Jewish schools and synagogues. Already, many Jews have been leaving France. There's also concern about an anti-Muslim backlash, based on fear that more young Muslims from impoverished suburbs will be radicalized. Will last week's violence fuel far-right political parties all over Europe or lead to cultural dialogue?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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.