FROM Ron Nixon
New details on who the travel ban will bar The Trump Administration is rolling out its revised travel ban today, now that the Supreme Court has given the green light to parts of the order. The ban limits foreign visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries. But Ron Nixon, who writes about national security for the New York Times , says it's more complicated than that.
Has the government made headway on reviewing vetting processes for foreigners coming to U.S.? It’s been about five months since President Trump introduced his three-month travel ban. The executive order limits travel from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, and suspends the U.S. refugee program for 120 days. It was designed to give the government time to review and tighten the vetting process for foreigners coming here from those countries. Since the government has had several months to review its vetting and security processes, is the ban even needed anymore?
Political Food Fight: Pizza as a Vegetable in School Lunches Ronald Reagan failed to have ketchup defined as a vegetable for the federal school lunch program, but pizza and French fries are on the menu. With 17 percent of Americans aged two to 19 obese, the Obama Administration wants overhaul nutrition rules for federal school lunch programs. But Republicans in Congress complain about what they call "overly burdensome and costly regulations." Ron Nixon is Washington correspondent for the New York Times .
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.