FROM Josh White
Drug Busts Show Reach of Mexican Cartels into the US Mexican drug cartels are now operating all over the US with distribution networks to as many as 195 cities. US Attorney General Eric Holder warns of the consequences for national security. The Justice Department has announced the arrests of 730 people in the past 21 months in places as far flung as Minnesota and Maryland, as well as California and other states on the Mexican border. Josh Meyer is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times .
Key Guantanamo Prisoners Gain Right to Civilian Attorney Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, alleged mastermind of September 11, will be able to have a lawyer, along with 13 other "high-level" detainees at Guantánamo. If he wants one, it will the first time he'll have talked to anyone outside the Red Cross and US interrogators since he was captured four years ago. Josh White reports for the Washington Post .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
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.
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?