FROM Tiffany Hsu
Twinkies Cannot Die: Hostess Bosses, Union in Mediation Talks After a strike by its union, bankrupt Hostess Brands announced last week it would go out of business . Boxes of Twinkies are now up for sale on Craigslist and eBay for thousands of dollars apiece. But yesterday, a judge asked both sides to try mediation . Four thousand people have signed a petition asking President Obama to nationalize Twinkies to "prevent our nation from losing our creamy center," but for 18,000 workers, the demise of the bakery is no joke -- and potential buyers of some of America's best known names are circling. Tiffany Tsu is business reporter for the Los Angeles Times .
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?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.