FROM Daniel Salmon
NY Judge Deals a Blow to the Anti-Vaccine Movement Last week the anti-vaccination movement received a big legal blow. Federal Judge William Kuntz of Brooklyn ruled against three families who claimed that their religious rights were being violated when schools pulled their unvaccinated children out of class for fear of disease spreading through the school. Vaccinations have kept preventable childhood diseases, including measles and mumps at record lows in the last two decades. By 2000, measles was considered to have been essentially eradicated in the United States. The CDC has recently reported that the United States is experiencing a record number of measles cases this year with outbreaks spreading from New York to California. Daniel Salmon is Deputy director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.