Karma (Sanskrit): means action, work or deed; it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect). Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering. Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in many schools of Asian religions. In these schools, karma in the present affects one's future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives - one's saṃsāra.
With guest host Bob Oakes.
Trump in Phoenix. More troops headed to Afghanistan. Threat of government shutdown over border wall funding. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.President Donald Trump gestures to the crowd while speaking at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (Rick Scuteri/AP)
From somber on Afghanistan to fiery in Phoenix, President Trump has taken on a range of tones in this week’s speeches. A new strategy for Afghanistan that will send more troops abroad. A border wall at all costs – including shutting down the government. New missile plans out of North Korea, China demands the US withdraw sanctions. And a solar eclipse wows the nation. Up next, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. -- Bob Oakes.
Bloomberg: Trump Hits Media, Angrily Defends Charlottesville Response — "Trump spent more than 20 minutes of a 75-minute speech delivering a selective account of his handling of the violence in Charlottesville, where he overlooked his initial statement blaming “many sides,” as well his subsequent remarks that there were good people marching alongside the white supremacists."
Reuters: Despite Expected U.S. Troop Hike, No End In Sight To Afghan War — "His effective embrace of an open-ended U.S. deployment contrasts with the expectations of his political base that he would extract the United States from a war estimated to have cost more than $700 billion and claimed the lives of more than 2,400 U.S. service members. But Trump, who has railed against the war for years, finds himself boxed in."
NBC News: Trump Team Escalates Threats to Shut Down Government — "The Trump administration official told NBC News that such a showdown with Congress, over funding for construction of the border wall, could come in September when lawmakers return from their August break or after the passage of a short-term spending bill in December. A Sept. 30 deadline is approaching to continue funding the government. If Congress failed to pass a funding resolution, the government would shut down." http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2017/08/25/trump-afghanistan-border-wall
This program aired on August 25, 2017.
Hurricane Harvey continues to pummel the east coast of Texas, where at least five people are dead as days of rain have inundated homes, businesses, and highways, cutting off access to hospitals and leaving thousands stranded. “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service tweeted on Sunday, as the flood waters kept rising. Also tweeting on Sunday was a perhaps inappropriately excited Donald Trump. Taking a break from a long stream of tweets heralding the size of the hurricane (“HISTORIC rainfall in Houston”) and comparing it to past disasters (“Wow - Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood!”), he naturally took a few moments to attack Mexico:
The border wall, which was always one of Trump’s signature issues, has recently returned to the forefront of the president’s mind as his approval rating has tumbled. A renewed play to energize his base has also meant fresh attacks on Mexico, which Trump has once again begun demanding pay for its construction. On Sunday night, following Trump’s one-sided Twitter feud, Mexico once again reiterated that it will “under no circumstances” fund the wall, arguing that the U.S. shares responsibility for the drug war, nor will it negotiate NAFTA or “any other aspect of the bilateral relationship, through social media or any other news platform.” Not paying for the wall, Mexico reiterated, is “a principle of national sovereignty and dignity.”
The Mexican government also offered to aid relief efforts in Texas, further underscoring its position as the more adult administration. “The government of Mexico takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas,” the Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement. According to Dallas News, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Texas Governor Greg Abbott spoke by phone while the Mexican consul general in Austin, Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, was reportedly in “constant communication with the governor’s office to determine how Mexico can best help.” Ignoring Trump’s threats, Gutierrez said in a statement that “As we have done in the past, Mexico stands with Texas in this difficult moment.” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/08/mexico-ignores-trumps-borde...