FROM Brian Vastag
Nobel Prize for Stem Cell Discoveries This year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine is being shared by scientists for work done 40 years apart. British scientist John Gurdon cloned a frog back in 1962. In 2006 and 2007, Japanese research Shinya Yamanaka used a different technique to reprogram cells of both mice and humans beings. Their techniques in stem cell research could help medicine turn back the biological clock. Brian Vastag reports on science for the Washington Post .
Japan Scrambles to Cool Overheating Reactors Because of Japan's nuclear crisis , China today suspended approval to build 28 nuclear power plants. Germany is shutting down reactors for "safety checks," while other countries are denouncing what they call, "nuclear hysteria." Energy Secretary Steven Chu says new power plants are still part of America's plans for "clean" electricity. But he told Congress today events in Japan are more serious than Three Mile Island. Brian Vastag is science reporter for the Washington Post .
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?
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 happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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?