FROM Christy Mallory
The Battle for Bathrooms Two weeks ago, the Obama Administration directed that gender identity should be the deciding factor , rather than gender at birth. Thirteen states have already filed suit, accusing the government of a "massive social experiment" that threatens the safety of children. States that don’t accept the guidelines are facing boycotts by business and entertainers — and possible loss of federal money.
North Carolina Lawmakers Plan to Defy DoJ Bathroom Bill Deadline In North Carolina, Republican lawmakers announced Thursday that they will refuse to comply with an order from the Department of Justice to suspend or repeal a law by Monday that limits bathroom access for transgender people. The Justice Department says the law, HB2, violates federal civil rights protections. North Carolina stands to lose billions of dollars in federal funding if they defy the order.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.