FROM Philip Shenon
Paul Bremer Grilled on Capitol Hill As promised, Democrats are beginning their public investigation into the conduct of the Iraq war and occupation. The first witness is Paul Bremer , who led the Coalition Provisional Authority . California Democrat Henry Waxman is chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform . Philip Shenon, of the New York Times , has details.
Report Finds Extensive Abramoff-White House Contacts The House Committee on Government Reform today released the latest report on former lobbyist Jack Abramoff , who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to bribe public officials. The report documents 485 contacts between Abramoff's firm and the Bush White House.
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.
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 longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?