FROM Ben Svetkey
Point: Peering into the Eyes of a Celebrity and Learning… Nothing Benjamin Svetkey spent 20 years as a writer and celebrity interviewer for Entertainment Weekly. He spent thousands of hours talking with hundreds of movie stars, more time with Tom Cruise, he says, than with some of his own blood relatives. He got three hours to smoke stinky cigars with Jack Nicholson in the star's Picasso-filled mansion on LA's Mulholland Drive. So what are these world-class celebrities really like? The headline in Los Angeles Magazine says it all: " I Don't Know Jack ."
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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?