FROM Sune Engel Rasmussen
Taliban Ramps Up Offensive with Kabul Bombing This morning an explosion and gunfight in Kabul killed dozens and wounded more than 300 others during the morning rush hour. The Afghan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted a security unit for high level government officials. The attack comes one week after the militant group announced its spring offensive, a signal that the Taliban plans to follow through on their promise to carry out large scale attacks this fighting season. Barbara Bogaev speaks with freelance reporter Sune Engel Rasmussen, who is based in Kabul and writes for the Guardian and the Economist.
Afghan Forces Fight to Retake City after Big Loss to Taliban American airpower is striking Taliban forces, which seized parts of the Northern Afghan city of Kunduz yesterday. It was the Taliban's biggest victory since it was ousted from power in 2001. Sune Engel Rasmussen is a freelance reporter in Kabul who writes for the Guardian and the Economist.
Taliban Leader Is Dead… and Has Been for Years Mullah Omar founded and led the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan until it was toppled by the United States after September 11, 2001. Now -- after years of rumors — officials in both Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan have confirmed that Mullah Omar died in a Pakistani hospital two years ago. Sune Engel Rasmussen joins us from Kabul, where he reports for the Guardian and other news outlets.
Can Diplomatic Fanfare Translate to Long-Term Security in Afghanistan? Ashraf Ghani has completed his first visit to the United States as Afghanistan's President, cutting a very different figure from his predecessor, Hamid Karzai. But public diplomacy is one thing. Security in a corrupt home country is another. After President Obama agreed to extend the US presence in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani addressed a joint meeting of Congress . He used words America never heard from his predecessor — despite all the dollars spent and the lives lost in his country.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?