FROM Baher Azmy
ISIS in America and 'Twitter Terrorism' The FBI and other agencies are monitoring hundreds of Americans suspected of sympathizing with the Islamic State. Fifty-six have been arrested this year alone for sympathizing with ISIS or trying to join. At what point does a threatening tweet become a “clear and present danger” of possible terrorism to come?
Has Guantanamo Bay Been Holding the Wrong Men? The Bush Administration calls prisoners at Guantánamo Bay "the worst of the worst," but one of its own top officials says at least a third never belonged there. The US Supreme Court says they have the right to challenge their detention , but dissenting Justice Scalia warns that could lead to Americans being killed. Out of 770 Guantánamo detainees almost 500 have been released; 60 more have been cleared. Do they pose a danger? We hear about the most extensive investigation so far into who they are and how they got to Guantánamo Bay.
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.