FROM Tony Travers
The Liberal Democrats Leaning Conservative Conservatives and Liberal Democrats appear to crafting a new British Government from the so-called “hung Parliament” that developed from last week’s close election. Despite being number two in the voting, Labor seems to be out.
Britain's Leftist Government Wobbles Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown narrowly averted a rebellion within his own Labor Party that would have cost him his job. These days, the party's glory years under Tony Blair seem part of the distant past. How long can Brown hold Labor together? How is party chaos affecting voters at the polls? Tony Travers is Professor of Politics at the London School of Economics.
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 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.
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.