FROM Piotr Kaczynski
Tragic Plane Crash Kills Polish President and Other Top Leaders Poles poured into the streets for a second day of mourning today as the casket of President Lech Kaczynski passed by. The president, army chief of staff, security chief, national bank president, and members of parliament were among the 96 people killed in a plane crash on Saturday. Kaczynski's replacement and others are taking office as provided for in the constitution, and elections have been moved from October until June. Can Poland's young democracy continue to function? Piotr Kaczynski is a research fellow at the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels. Segment image: The late President Lech Kaczynski and First Lady Mrs Maria Kaczynska
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?