FROM Gil Troy
The Age of Clinton The DNC will make history tonight by nominating for the first time as a major party a woman for the White House. History will also be made by Bill Clinton, who will be the first former president to speak on behalf of his wife, Hillary. Gil Troy, author of The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990’s , has more on the opportunities and possible pitfalls of the evening.
A Contradiction in Feminism? A Look Back at Nancy Reagan's Life Nancy Reagan — the First Lady at the height of the feminist movement -- died yesterday at the age of 94. She was famous for her adoring stare at the Hollywood actor who became Governor of California and then President of the United States. Writing for Newsweek, Eleanor Clift thought she was out of step with the women’s movement, but she had to change her assessment. Clift now covers politics for the Daily Beast . President Reagan being sworn in for second term during the private ceremony held at the White House 1985 Today’s Time magazine contains an article titled, “ Nancy Reagan’s Surprising Feminist Gift to Hillary Clinton .” The author is Gil Troy, professor of History at McGill University…
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.
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?
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?