FROM Ed Haislmaier
The Debate on Healthcare Goes Down to the Wire The human rights group Amnesty International has published a study on the maternal healthcare crisis in the United States. " Deadly Delivery " concludes that a system often called "the best in the world" is violating the rights of American women.
The Debate on Healthcare Goes Down to the Wire The US spends more on healthcare than any other country, but American women are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in Greece. Amnesty International calls that a violation of women's rights . What does it say about a healthcare system often called "the best in the world?" Would the reforms being debated in Congress improve medical outcomes? Would they provide better access? How about reducing the increase in costs? As the Senate and Congress wrangle over details, we hear about possible trade-offs and the prospects of doing nothing at all.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
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?
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?