FROM Timothy Garton Ash
Budget Crisis Fallout: What's the Damage? Government workers are returning. The United States will continue to pay its bills. The President says there are no winners and that all Americans lost. Polls show Republicans and the Tea-Party dropping in public opinion, while the Affordable Care Act has gained some popularity. Did the President and the Democrats really win? Will there be a next round? What can Washington do now to regain the confidence of the American people—and the rest of the world? In today’s speech at the White House, President Obama said the threat of default has increased America’s borrowing costs and that, “the American people’s frustration with what goes on [in Washington] has never been higher…” The President said, “those who pushed for the shutdown and threatened default claim their actions were needed… to make America strong.”
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.
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?