FROM Larry Cohler Esses
Nazi-allied group claims a Trump advisor as its own Sebastian Gorka is called the Presidents "top counter-terrorism advisor" and he's a major supporter of the controversial travel ban. But at one of January's inaugural festivities he wore a medal in his lapel that raised questions about a possible affiliation with an anti-Semitic group. Now he faces questions about his own right to citizenship. Photo: Sebastian Gorka/Facebook Earlier this year on Fox News, Gorka defended the travel ban, saying that the president was elected to protect the US. "The idea that we allow anybody into this country is an act of political suicide. If the word nation is to have a meaning, every nation has the right to decide who comes into our country." Larry Choler-Esses, editor for special projects at Forward , a news organization covering political and cultural issues for Jewish readers, picks up the story from there.
Jewish Journalist Finds a Surprising Iran Can citizens on the streets of Iran openly criticize their government? How do they feel about the nuclear deal? Do they agree that Israel should be destroyed? We hear answers to those questions from the first Jewish -American reporter to visit Iran since 1979. Larry Cohler Esses lived in Iran and taught English before the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Now he’s become the first Jewish-American reporter allowed into the country since the Shah was overturned and replaced by the Ayatollah Khomeinei. He was surprised by what he found. Cohler Esses is news editor at The Forward , a New York paper serving Jewish readers. Larry Cohler-Esses (C) with Mohammad Parvi and his family at Cyrus' tomb.
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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.