FROM Tess Vigeland
The Lure of Violent Jihad Just a few months ago, most Americans had never heard of a violent extremist group in Iraq and Syria called ISIL. Now this country is committing significant military resources to fight a growing number of fighters whose horrific violence is on full display 24/7 on your medium of choice.
The NFL Takes A Hit Violence on the field is why millions of Americans tune in to watch the National Football League. But today, in the wake of its handling of the Ray Rice assault on his then-fiancee, the NFL is under increasing pressure to change its attitude toward violence off the field—especially violence against women.
Counterterrorism, or a New War? Last night, after weeks of headlines about the lack of a plan to fight growing extremism in Iraq and Syria, President Obama said the US will lead a broad coalition to degrade and destroy the increasingly aggressive and violent terrorist force known as the Islamic State.
Governor Brown Goes to China California Governor Jerry Brown is in China, bringing a little Hollywood to the Middle Kingdom and hoping, in return, for some foreign investment in California businesses.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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.