FROM Sung-Yoon Lee
Assessing the threat of North Korea after its ICBM launch North Korea calls yesterday's launch of its first intercontinental ballistic missile a "glistening miracle." Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says it's a "new escalation of the threat to the United States." President Trump has tweeted, "So much for China working with us — but we had to give it a try." Sung-Yoon Lee, professor of Korean studies at Tufts University, says the president shouldn't really be surprised since China has very different strategic interests than the US.
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.
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?
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.