FROM Karoun Demirjian
Political upheaval for California Congressman Devin Nunes? Does California Republican Devin Nunes have a future after recusing himself- temporarily- as chair of the House Intelligence Committee over questions of ethics violations?
Suing foreign governments after terrorist attacks The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act today. The Senate already approved it unanimously. It would allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi Arabian government for any part in the attacks. Supporters say it would allow the families to pursue long-delayed justice. But critics -- including Obama -- say it would set a dangerous precedent, possibly setting the stage for similar lawsuits against the US in the future.
Senate Rejects GOP Efforts to Quash Iran Deal Yesterday, Republicans in the Senate failed to stop the Iran nuclear deal . Today, Republicans in the House passed two bills designed to prevent major provisions from going into effect, as we hear from Karoun Demirjian who 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.
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?