FROM Nik Steinberg
Mexico: the Partnership and the Problems Mexico's new President wants to shift attention away from severed heads, mass graves and bodies hanging from bridges to a growing economy. So does President Obama on today's visit to the "Aztec Tiger," which is booming enough to attract foreign investors after years of paralysis. But the drug wars are not over. Four thousand people have died since Enrique Peña Nieto took office, and now vigilantes are taking the law into their own hands. Will stepped-up US enforcement aid still be welcome? Will security be the elephant in the room?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?