FROM Joe Pojman
Are States Imposing Undue Burden on a Woman's Right to Choose? New rules for abortion clinics in Texas and other states are making it too expensive for many to stay in business. There's concern that women seeking the procedure have to drive long distances and cross state lines. Are the rules designed to protect women's health and safety -- or is the real goal to prevent women from exercising their Constitutional right to choose? Abortion rights activists have persuaded the US Supreme Court to take up that question in a case likely to be decided during next year's presidential campaign.
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.
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.