FROM Nick Baumann
GOP's Backdoor Maneuver to Pull Forcible Rape Language from Bill In February, pro-life members of Congress took heat for wanting to change the language of a law re-instituting the federal ban on abortion funding. In the exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother, they wanted the law to read "forcible rape," instead of just "rape." When the issue became public, the effort was dropped. Now, pro-choice advocates are concerned about the renewed effort to add "forcible" not to federal law, but to a committee report. Why does it matter? Nick Baumann is with Mother Jones magazine.
Who Is Jared Loughner? The New York Times reports that in a community college classroom last June, Jared Loughner's behavior was so strange that other students were afraid. The teacher says he though Loughner might "pull out a weapon." Mother Jones magazine reports that a friend of Laughner's, Bryce Tierney, has been in touch with them. Nick Baumann is assistant editor and reporter at Mother Jones .
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.