FROM Scott MacKay
What Fires Are Stoking "The Bern?" US Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is nothing if not consistent. From college days in Chicago to Capitol Hill to this year's campaign, he's pursued a single goal: "to fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment and provides health care for all" and "to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class." Despite his Socialist leanings, Sanders has worked with Republicans in the Senate. As Mayor of Burlington, Vermont he was praised for fiscal efficiency. Biographers, old friends and former staffers say he's out to change the way Americans are thinking. We hear how a very private man has made himself one of this year's most important public figures.
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?
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 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.