FROM Stephen Prothero
The Losing Record of Successful Culture Warriors The nasty rhetoric of this year's presidential nominating campaigns is mild stuff compared to what John Adams and Thomas Jefferson said about each other in the campaign of 1880. Jefferson was even accused of being a secret Jew or a Muslim — anticipating what's been whispered about Barack Obama. When they become political, America's culture wars take on a similar pattern. That's according to Stephen Prothero, Professor of Religion at Boston University and author of Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections) .
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?