FROM Aamer Madhani
FBI Nominee Faces Questions on Waterboardimg, NSA Surveillance President Obama has chosen James Comey to replace Bob Mueller as the next Director of the FBI. Today, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked him about his record on waterboarding when he was Deputy Attorney General during the Bush Administration. Aamer Madhani is White House correspondent for USA Today .
Military Action in Libya and War Powers As NATO jets dropped more bombs on Tripoli today, Moammar Gadhafi issued an audio message denouncing defectors as cowards and claiming the Western alliance faces defeat. In Washington, meantime, Republican House Speaker John Boehner has been suggesting he might cut off funding for the US role in the operation. Aamer Madhani is national security correspondent for the National Journal .
Murderer at Virginia Tech Left Note Yesterday's Virginia Tech gunman was Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year-old resident-alien student from South Korea. He reportedly came to this country in 1992 and grew up in Centreville, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. His family owns a cleaning business. Today's Chicago Tribune says he left a note, which included "a rambling list of grievances." Aamer Madhani is a national correspondent.
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?
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.