FROM Stuart Flashman
Proposition 1a: High Speed Rail, On or Off? The Department of Transportation says Americans are driving less and riding more on public transit; $4 a gallon gasoline has led Congress to finally authorize $14 billion for Amtrak, intercity passenger trains and high-speed rail. If the Senate and President Bush go along, that could mean money for California, if voters pass a November bond issue that would provide $10 billion to begin building a bullet train from Orange County to Sacramento. The first leg would be from Anaheim to the Bay Area, and some of the proposed route would share right of way with the Union Pacific. Last week we heard that the railroad is making last-minute objections, raising safety concerns in case the new technology collides with the old one.
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.
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?
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.