FROM Janet Elliott
Medicine, Mandates and Morality The latest Journal of the American Medical Association reports that 3.1 million American women are infected by the sexually transmitted Human Papilloma Virus , which can cause cancer. Millions of others could be protected by a new vaccine. Gardasil is said to be almost 100% effective in blocking HPV, but does not work against existing infections, so it's supposed to be administered before girls become sexually active. Twenty-one states are considering mandatory vaccination, but Republican Governor Rick Perry has lit a political firestorm by making Texas the first to require vaccination for 6 th grade girls. Is that "an invitation to promiscuity," as opponents claim? How much is known about the long-term effects of the new vaccine? We look at what's becoming a national controversy with journalists, doctors, pro-family advocates and
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.
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.