FROM Ed Halpern
Rising Drug Use on California's Horse Racing Tracks? Woth $4.1 billion a year, California is the biggest horse-racing state in the nation, but it's falling behind on enforcement of rules against the drugging of horses. In the past six years, more than a quarter-billion dollars have been bet on winners who failed drug texts after their races were over, creating "a climate for drug abuse that is unmatched in any other major sport." That's according to a lengthy investigation by the Orange County Register . Are horse owners preventing a crack down? Is the series a hatchet job?
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?