FROM Harry Jaffe
What Fires Are Stoking "The Bern?" US Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is nothing if not consistent. From college days in Chicago to Capitol Hill to this year's campaign, he's pursued a single goal: "to fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all" and "to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class." Despite his Socialist leanings, Sanders has worked with Republicans in the Senate. As Mayor of Burlington, Vermont he was praised for fiscal efficiency. Biographers, old friends and former staffers say he's out to change the way Americans are thinking. We hear how a very private man has made himself one of this year's most important public figures.
In Iowa, the Democrats Are Down to the Wire Hillary Clinton may lead Bernie Sanders in national polls, but the race to the White House is a state-by-state process. In Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders is coming on strong -- raising the stakes for last night’s final, televised confrontation before Democrats caucus in Iowa. There were lively exchanges on gun control, healthcare, taxes and Wall-Street domination……with appeals not only to the mostly white voters in the two early states — but to more diverse electorates in primary contests just around the corner.
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?
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.
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.