FROM Matt Foreman
Democratic Candidates Come Out for Gay Rights Forum Gays and lesbians are active in Democratic politics and constitute one of the party's more reliable voting blocs, but the nation is divided on some of the issues they care about most. Last night in Los Angeles, six candidates for president answered questions from a very interested audience. Gravel and Kucinich said they were in favor of same-sex marriage; Clinton , Obama , Edwards and Richardson all were opposed—saying the rights of gay and lesbian couples could be guaranteed by civil unions. None of the candidates changed their positions, but they offered a contrast to what their Republican counterparts have been saying. Matt Foreman is executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force .
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?
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?