FROM Karen Kaplan
Scientists Decry Ruling Halting Embryonic Stem Cell Research The Obama White House says today that even George W. Bush’s limited guidelines for stem cell research might be overturned by yesterday’s judicial ruling in Washington. Judge Royce Lamberth ordered that all federal spending on research involving destruction of human embryos come to an immediate end. Karen Kaplan reports for the Los Angeles Times .
LA Diners Chew on Cloned Beef One survey shows 64% of Americans are uncomfortable about eating the meat of cloned animals, but the FDA says it's as safe as the original. Though diners may never find cloned beef on the menu at Los Angeles' upscale Campanile restaurant, executive chef Mark Peel recently conducted a double-blind experiment with selected guests. Invited to compare porterhouse steaks and hamburgers from a conventional animal and from a clone, the diners included a food critic, an animal geneticist, a TV host and Karen Kaplan, who writes about technology for the Los Angeles Times .
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.