FROM Steve Somers
Will Baseball Kick Its Dope Habit? Yesterday, former Senator George Mitchell said that players, managers and virtually everyone else involved in Major League Baseball for the past 20 years were responsible for what he called "The Steroid Era." President Bush, former part-owner of the Texas Rangers, said that as a fan he was troubled by the allegations, but cautioned against jumping to conclusions against individuals named. According to MSNBC, Roger Clemens , the all star most prominently mentioned by the Mitchell Report , has a standing invitation to visit the Bush White House. He built a horse shoe pit at his home in Houston for former President George H.W. Bush. We get perspectives from a radio commentator, attorney and sports historian.
NBA Doles Out Suspensions for Knicks-Nuggets Brawl Two years ago, it was the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. Saturday, it was the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in a brawl with 10 players ejected, including the National Basketball Association's scoring leader, who punched an opposing player in the face. Today, after saying that NBA players "set an example for the entire basketball world...for good or ill,'' Commissioner David Stern suspended Carmelo Anthony of the Nuggets for 15 games. Two players got 10-game suspensions and others received lesser penalties.
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?
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?
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.
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.