FROM Jason Torpy
Can You Serve in the Military without Serving God? "God and Country" is a familiar phrase in the US military. But what about service members who don't believe in God? Last month, the Army said soldiers could formerly designate themselves as "humanists." But the Navy has just denied the application of a "humanist" chaplain. That's one victory and one loss for Jason Torpy, a graduate of West Point who served in Iraq in 2003 and 2004. Now he's the full-time President of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers .
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.