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
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.