FROM Carl Shepro
A Felon in the US Senate? Alaska's Ted Stevens , the longest serving Republican in the Senate, was convicted last week of seven felony charges. But he continued his race for re-election, and with votes still coming in, he's clinging onto a narrow lead over Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich , the Democrat who dared to challenge him. Carl Shepro, Professor of Political Science at the University of Alaska Anchorage, has more on the first convicted felon ever to win a race for the US Senate.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.