FROM Dave Clark
Unemployment Benefits Expanded More than 10 million Americans are looking for work and benefits for 1.2 million were about to run out. So Congress yesterday extended unemployment insurance for an additional seven weeks. President Bush signed the bill before leaving for an international conference in Lima, Peru. Meantime, if the Big Three go under, there could be a lot more unemployment. Dave Clark is economics reporter for Congressional Quarterly .
Bush Vetoes Domestic Spending Bill, Signs Defense Measure President Bush picked another fight with Democrats in Congress today, vetoing a domestic spending bill as too expensive while signing a Pentagon spending measure with an even bigger increase. Dave Clark is in the Senate Press Gallery for Congressional Quarterly .
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?
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?