FROM Aaron Zelin
ISIS Demands $200 Million for Japanese Hostages Last week in Cairo, Japan's Prime Minister Abe pledged about $200 million to countries battling ISIS, the so-called "Islamic State." Today, ISIS released a video threatening the lives of two Japanese hostages — demanding a ransom of $200 million. Aaron Zelin is a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy .
DIY Jihadi Hunters Last Friday, the militant group the Islamic State posted another video of a beheading. This time the victim was British aid worker Alan Henning. While U.S. intelligence agencies work to identify members of Islamic extremist groups, there’s also a community of civilians working to track jihadists. We visit the world of the so-called “jihadi hunters,” and hear directly from one of them.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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?
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.