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 .
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.
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?
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.
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?