FROM Frank Jannuzi
Abe Addresses Congress, Apologizes for WWII Suffering Shinzo Abe made history today as the first Prime Minister of Japan to address a joint meeting of Congress. As leader of an American enemy during World War II, he offered, "with profound respect, [his] eternal condolences to the souls of all American people that were lost during World War II." Describing his visit to Washington's World War II Memorial, Abe said he felt "deep repentance." Frank Jannuzi is president of the nonprofit Mansfield Foundation, which works to improve US-Asia relations. He's former Asia Affairs Director for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
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.