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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.