FROM Stephen Rochelle
Grading No Child Left Behind The No Child Left Behind Act was supposed to level the playing field by providing an equal education for all kids no matter their backgrounds or where they lived. Accountability is supposed to come from tests in reading and math, with the threat of sanctions against schools where scores don't improve. We assess NCLB's pros and cons, hear whether testing become the end of instead of the beginning of quality education, and learn whether education will be a defining issue in the 2008 presidential election.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?