FROM Scott Malone
Irma hit eastern Caribbean, heads to Puerto Rico The House has already passed and sent to the Senate $7.9 billion in aid for Hurricane Harvey. Meantime, Hurricane Irma is packing 185-mile winds, heading directly for Puerto Rico. Florida Governor Rick Scott is urging people to heed evacuation orders. Some have already been issued. Scott Malone is reporting for Reuters in Puerto Rico.
Guinness Pulls Out of St. Paddy's Day Parade over Gay Exclusion St. Patrick's Day Parades are time-honored traditions in New York and Boston, but Mayors Bill DeBlasio and Martin Walsh, respectively, have gone where politicians of the past might have feared to tread. Both refused to march because gays and lesbians aren't allowed. Boston's parade was yesterday; New York's was today. Both were without traditional features, not just the mayors but key sponsors: Guinness, the quintessential Irish brewer, and Massachusetts' own Sam Adams. Scott Malone is editor in charge of the Northeastern States for Reuters .
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.
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.
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?