FROM Bruce Akey
Mad Cow Disease Confirmed in CA Animal, but Food Supply Declared Safe The USDA confirmed today that a case of mad cow disease was found in a California dairy cow. It's the fourth case of the disease found in the US since the first in December, 2003. But a USDA official also said that US meat and dairy supplies are safe. Experts said the case was "atypical," meaning the cow did not contract the disease through the feed supply. Reuters reported that major markets for US beef, including Canada and Japan, remained open, although one South Korean retailer has suspended purchases. Bruce Akey is Executive Director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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?