FROM Bernie Sanders
It's Touch and Go for the Biggest Trade Deal in History President Obama has been negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership with 11 Asian-Pacific countries, although details are secret. He calls it a vital opening to Asian markets that are key to American prosperity. Having negotiated since 2009, the President wants it as part of his legacy, and he's asking Congress to re-authorize so-called "fast track" authority. Most Republicans agree -- but his own party is sharply divided. Elizabeth Warren and other progressives see a giveaway of national sovereignty with billions of taxpayer dollars going to multi-national corporations. Labor leaders and environmentalists call it NAFTA on steroids. We hear both sides.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?