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Campaign promises aren't all made to be broken Candidate Trump said he'd build that wall on the Mexican border and crackdown on "sanctuary" cities that harbor undocumented immigrants. As President, he's ordering implementation — despite massive cost, dispute about whether America will be safer — and civil liberties issues. He doesn't need any new legislation to build the wall, but lawyers are lining up to argue about withholding federal money from sanctuary cities. It's still not clear what's in store for "dreamers" — who were brought here illegally as children and don't know any other country.
Does the President-elect want a divided White House? CNN reports that Donald Trump was surprised to learn he'll have to appoint an entirely new White House staff. There's passionate conflict over his choice of two top leaders. Where Trump sees unity, others see confusion and a recipe for continued internal conflict. Chief-of-Staff Reince Priebus is deeply tied to the Republican establishment. Chief Strategist Steve Bannon wants to shake it to its foundations. GOP critics — as well as Democrats -- are alarmed by Bannon's exploitation of misogyny, racism and anti-Semitism as head of Breitbart — the online "Alt-Right" news site. In the meantime, is Trump compromising on his "beautiful wall?"
Supreme Court Deadlock Ends Obama’s Immigration Plan to Prevent Deportation A deadlocked Supreme Court affirmed the appeal which blocks President Obama’s sweeping immigration plan. The program would have deferred deportation for as many as 5 million immigrants. This effectively ends what the President had hoped would be an enduring legacy of his administration.
Will Obama’s Immigration Reform Delay Pay Off… and For Whom? Less than three months ago, in a speech from the Rose Garden, President Obama made a promise about immigration reform, stating "I’m beginning a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress." Then came tens of thousands of Central American children to America’s southern borders. This past weekend, Obama said the following on NBC's Meet The Press: “The truth of the matter is that the politics did shift midsummer because of that problem. I want to spend some time, even as we’re getting all our ducks in a row for the executive action, I also want to make sure that the public understands why we’re doing this, why it’s the right thing for the American people, why it’s the right thing for the American economy.” The underlying message is that promised executive action on immigration reform will now be postponed until after the mid-term elections.
President Obama's Deportation Dilemma In five years, Barack Obama's deported almost two million undocumented immigrants — more than any other president. Immigrant advocates have labeled him "Deporter in Chief." With immigration reform passed by the Senate but stalled in the House, Democrats are worried about the Hispanic turnout in upcoming elections. Under pressure, Obama's called for more "humane" law enforcement, giving Republicans the chance to claim that's no enforcement at all. We hear what he wants to do and how each party is jockeying for control of the Senate this year and for the White House in 2016.
Will the Senate Make History with Immigration Reform? Early this morning, the so-called "Gang of 8" Senators from both political parties released an 800-page proposal that could lead to comprehensive immigration reform. Authors include Democrat Charles Schumer, Republicans John McCain and Lindsay Graham and, perhaps most important of all, the tea-party favorite, Republican Marco Rubio. Will a political compromise lead to historic legislation? Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4
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.
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.
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.
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?