FROM David Streitfeld
Amazon.com Battles Publishers Amazon has gained so much market power by selling books on the Internet that it's being accused of abuses, including blackmail and censorship. The popular retailer is now listing certain books and authors as "unavailable" -- including the paperback edition of Brad Stone's The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. Some publishers accuse Amazon of delaying shipments and raising prices. Titles published by Hachette, including Scott Turow, Malcolm Gladwell and J.D. Salinger may take weeks before they're shipped to customers who order them on line. David Streitfeld, technology reporter for the New York Times , has more on how publishers and authors are fighting back.
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 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?
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.
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?