FROM Paul Weinstein
Affordable College: The New American Dream Dental Surgery. Divorce. Decapitation. There are few things that are as painful as paying for college. With average student debt at $30,000 and the cost of college growing by about three to four percent a year, presidential hopefuls and educators are churning out proposals to lower college costs and make borrowing less painful . Some are rethinking college altogether to make it cheaper, shorter and more accessible. There’s also the idea of a three-year degree or making graduates who earn more pay more. But do any of these ideas go far enough to bring college back within reach of middle class families?
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.
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.