FROM Tsering Wangdu Shakya
Tibet Blows Up Before Beijing Olympics China is pouring troops into Tibet, where violent protests have led to deaths, injuries and widespread property damage. The exiled Dalai Lama has threatened to step down if the violence continues and repeated his offer to speak with Chinese leaders who blame him for starting it all. Today, from his home in exile in Dharamsala, India, the Dalai Lama met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi . She said the visit had long been planned, but took the opportunity to denounce what she called "China's oppression of people in Tibet." Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has urged " restraint" and "dialogue ," but President Bush still plans to attend the Beijing Olympics . The games are providing an international forum for ethnic, religious and territorial disputes. What's at stake for China? Will Tibet see any change?
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.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?