FROM Walter Hudson
Winners and Losers in the Budget Shutdown Showdown Democrats wanted a spending freeze, while Republicans demanded $61 billion in cuts. The final agreement was $39 billion, and the Republicans dropped efforts to undercut healthcare reform and family planning. Those are the broad outlines of last Friday's agreement , with the details yet to come, and even, perhaps, still subject to change.
The Shutdown Showdown The government shutdown was averted on Friday night with only an hour to spare. Even though details have not been revealed, both sides claim victory. The Republicans got $39 billion in budget cuts, when the Democrats didn't want any. The Democrats held off assaults on healthcare reform and family planning. But that was just about this year's budget, and the big stuff is yet to come, with President Obama announcing his own plan for reducing the deficit on Wednesday. In the meantime, we hear how both parties are spinning the aftermath of a potential crisis and what comes next.
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.
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?