FROM Kirk Semple
Defense Secretary Robert Gates Is in Baghdad The death toll has risen to at least 180 after yesterday’s suicide bombing in Baghdad, the worst attack since February, when US and Iraqi forces began their security crackdown. Today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates made a surprise visit with a message for Iraqi leaders. Kirk Semple is in Baghdad for the New York Times .
Iraqi Troops Regain Control of Amarah after Mahdi-Army Takeover The southern Iraqi city of Amarah was taken over by the Mahdi Army today. Fifteen people were killed and 90 were wounded before the militia group handed control back to Iraqi soldiers. British forces are said to be standing by.
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?
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.
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.
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.