FROM Alan Elsner
US-Israeli Relations and Political Damage Control Benjamin Netanyahu's latest visit to Washington may or may not lead to better relations during and after the presidency of Barack Obama. After yesterday's closed-door White House meeting, the Prime Minister got an award from a neoconservative group critical of the President. Today, he'll take questions at a liberal think-tank with ties to the White House and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. It's a delicate moment, with the US considering increased aid to the Jewish state while a "two-state solution" with the Palestinians appears less likely than ever.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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.