FROM Charles Camosy
Planned Parenthood Video Sting Reignites the Abortion Debate In the past two weeks the Center for Medical Progress, a group headed by longtime anti-abortion activist David Daleiden, has released two videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the price and methods for providing fetal tissue from abortions for medical research. It reportedly has thousands of hours of footage from covert recordings gathered over the past two and a half years. Planned Parenthood calls it a deceptive campaign by abortion foes to misrepresent their work and discredit them. But the undercover sting has already prompted congressional and state investigations into Planned Parenthood's practices and has re-positioned abortion as a key issue Republican presidential hopefuls use to capture the party's conservative base.
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?
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.
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.