Midday News Wrap 9.22.2017 | WYPR

Midday News Wrap 9.22.2017

Sep 22, 2017

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Three million people are without power in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.  And the latest deadly earthquake in Mexico has left more than 280 dead as search and rescue efforts continue.

Many critics, both foreign and domestic, considered President Donald Trump’s debut address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York a different kind of natural disaster, this one of the diplomatic variety.  He threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and referred to Kim Jong-un as “Rocket Man,” a soubriquet the President appears to think is funny.   Kim Jung-Un, however, found the President's comments to be less than amusing, blasting Trump as a  "dotard," and a "frightened dog."

Also, some Democrats are urging Bernie Sanders to exercise restraint, believing that the Vermont Senator is playing right into Republican hands as the Graham Cassidy health care bill heads to a vote next week.  

John Feffer, director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies joined Tom on the line from Washington DC; and Kamau High, the managing editor of the Afro-American newspaper based here in Baltimore, was in studio.