FROM Nomiki Konst
Gary Johnson: The danger and the appeal This year's Libertarian presidential candidate is Gary Johnson, former Republican Governor of New Mexico. Earlier this month on MSNBC, he failed to answer what seemed like an obvious question about Aleppo. This week, Gary Johnson was on a voter town hall with MSNBC's Chris Matthews and was asked to name a foreign leader he could respect. Today, the Chicago Tribune endorsed Gary Johnson, following the Detroit News and leading papers in New Hampshire, Virginia and North Carolina. Is support for Johnson a statement of principle or a wasted vote with potentially dangerous consequences? We hear from political analyst Nomiki Konst , host of The Filter on Sirius radio. She was a delegate to the Democratic convention, and a Bernie Sanders supporter on the Platform Committee.
Democratic Unity: A Reality or a Dream? Last night, Michelle Obama electrified the delegates with an appeal for unity behind Hillary Clinton and pointed criticism of Donald Trump. Today, for the first time, the majority of delegates at a major party convention will nominate a woman to run for the White House. Bill Clinton will take up where Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren left off — addressing a Democratic Party that’s very different from the one he led. Even this morning, Sanders was booed by some delegates, when he said that voting for Hillary is the only way to defeat Trump. We hear a heart-to-heart between delegates still taking different sides.
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?
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.