FROM Naftali Bendavid
Racism in Sotomayor's 2001 'Latina' Talk? Newt Gingrich has backed off and even Rush Limbaugh has moderated his tone after both claimed that Judge Sonia Sotomayor was a “racist.” It's all about a 2001 speech she made at Bolt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. So what did the audience think then? Sotomayor said that what she called a “wise Latina” would usually reach a better judicial conclusion than a white male. That set off an outcry from opponents to her appointment to the US Supreme Court. Naftali Bendavid is national correspondent for the Wall Street Journal .
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 Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?