FROM Tom Lasseter
Has Guantanamo Bay Been Holding the Wrong Men? The Bush Administration calls prisoners at Guantánamo Bay "the worst of the worst," but one of its own top officials says at least a third never belonged there. The US Supreme Court says they have the right to challenge their detention , but dissenting Justice Scalia warns that could lead to Americans being killed. Out of 770 Guantánamo detainees almost 500 have been released; 60 more have been cleared. Do they pose a danger? We hear about the most extensive investigation so far into who they are and how they got to Guantánamo Bay.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.
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.