FROM Heather Caygle
Can the Democrats deliver 'a better deal?' Bill Clinton's winning campaigns for the White House operated on the basic premise that, "It's the economy, stupid." But last year, it was Donald Trump who appealed to working-class and rural voters — those the Democrats now call "left out and left behind" by economic changes. Their new slogan, " A Better Deal ," starts with increased wages, lower drug prices and the end of corporate mergers. Polls show Democrats are the party against President Trump, but to win elections they have to favor something, too. We hear what they want it to be.
Deadly Amtrak Derailment in Philadelphia Impacts Funding Debate A black box has been recovered from last night's Amtrak derailment near Philadelphia, where seven passenger cars went off the rails on a sharp curve while traveling more than 100 miles an hour. Robert Sumwalt, of the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters, "We're looking at the track, at the train signal, the operation of the train, the human performance, we are setting up a multi-disciplinary investigation to try and understand the factors that led to this accident" Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman Steve Israel of New York spoke against the cuts to Amtrak funding at the House Appropriations Committee today. "The budgets of this majority" subsidize special interests when they should have been subsidizing the safety of those passengers on that Amtrak train yesterday." Heather Caygle, who reports on transportation for Politico , has more on the House committee vote to cut Amtrak budget.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.