FROM Joshua Foust
Edward Snowden’s Revelations Keep On Coming New disclosures from National Security Agency files show contact lists from Americans’ e-mail and instant-message accounts are being scooped up. More and more countries are outraged by news that their top officials were spied on. We now know the NSA helped the CIA find targets from drones. Last week Edward Snowden said he wants to help the US and protect its citizens, and a group of whistle-blowers went to Russia to give him an award. We’ll update the latest uncovered secrets and hear different views of Snowden, the fugitive leaker who’s trying to craft his own public image.
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.
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?