FROM Alexis Simendinger
Alberto Gonzales Preps for Senate Hearing Advance copies of what Alberto Gonzales will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow have failed to silence his critics. Alberto Gonzales has released the 25-page opening statement he plans to read tomorrow to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. It says he has "nothing to hide," that no US attorney was fired "for an improper reason," and that he "never sought to mislead the Congress or the American people." Republican Senator Arlen Specter questions whether Gonzales is "capable of administering the Department of Justice." Democrat Charles Schumer says the hearing will "make or break" the Attorney General. It's all about Gonzales' role in firing US attorneys. What did politics have to do with it? What about Karl Rove and missing White house e-mails?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.