FROM Paul Callan
Verdict in Suicide of Roommate of Gay Rutgers Student Tyler Clementi was a freshman at Rutgers University when he killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He had discovered that his roommate spied on him and videotaped his sexual encounter with another man. A month later, President Obama released a videotaped message condemning the incident as bullying of the worst kind. Roommate Dharun Ravi was prosecuted and today a jury found him guilty.
New York Governor Spitzer Hanging onto Job, for Now Republican leaders in Albany are threatening impeachment if Democratic Governor Elliot Spitzer doesn't resign in 48 hours. Assembly minority leader James Tedisco says he's already promised Republican support if Lt. Gov. David Paterson assumes the governorship. Paterson is a Democrat from Harlem who's legally blind. But Spitzer has his defenders, including Alan Dershowitz from Harvard Law School, where Spitzer served as his research assistant. The renowned constitutional scholar, who called the entire matter "overblown," said history "has proved that people can govern well during the day while acting as children and adolescents in the evening." Will sexual misconduct end a career that might have led to the White House?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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.
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.