FROM Doris Kearns Goodwin
Previewing Obama's Last State of the Union The State of the Union address to Congress is a tradition that’s come and gone — for better or worse. Much depends on demands of the times. George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address to Congress. Thomas Jefferson sent his in writing. Harry Truman put his audience to sleep. Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin traces the history and importance of this American tradition. The audience applauds as President Barack Obama enters the House Chamber to deliver his State of the Union address on January 25, 2011. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza
Celebrations Abound in Honor of Lincoln's Bicentennial In the Capitol Rotunda today, President Obama paid homage to the predecessor he admires most. "What Lincoln never forgot, not even in the midst of civil war, was that despite all that divided us -- north and south, black and white -- we were, at heart, one nation and one people, sharing a bond as Americans that could not break." Obama observed that he was speaking in a building constructed in part by slaves and immigrants, and that Lincoln insisted the work go on during the Civil War, even though the metal supporting the Capitol Dome might have been used for bullets.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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?