FROM Elizabeth Price Foley
Fading Trust in American Institutions The presidential race is beginning to find its focus, but there’s widespread mistrust of all three branches of government. That mistrust is explored in "Can Americans Trust Their Government Again?," an article in the latest Nation magazine. We look at a challenge that could impact candidates of both parties.
Fading Trust in American Institutions From the Left to the Right, there's a loss of confidence in political institutions: not just the Congress any more, but also the Presidency and the US Supreme Court. But there's disagreement about whether that's good or bad. After all, Thomas Jefferson wanted a revolution every 20 years. Nobody's predicting that, but is democracy at risk when so many people don't believe their government can address their problems? Is this the challenge facing both Democrats and Republicans in this election year?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.
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?
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.