Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump sits during a meeting with Republican Congressional leadership at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 6, 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was no substance to the plan -- nothing to send to Congress. There’s not much to other splashy announcements, like tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Governor Jerry Brown is in China this week talking climate change and economic development. He’s focusing partly on electric cars. Brown says he’s pushing Chinese leaders to boost their efforts because California can’t do it alone.
Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver magazine
Will Congress repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act? Will it collapse, as President Trump warns? Dr. Zeke Emanuel says that what’s happening in Washington is just a sideshow. What really matters is that healthcare in America is still too expensive and doesn’t work well enough. Emanuel was an adviser to President Obama in the creation of the Affordable Care Act. He’s written a new book with ideas on how to fix healthcare.
Ezekiel Emanuel, National Institutes of Health; author, “Prescription for the Future: The Twelve Transformational Practices of Highly Effective Medical Organizations.”
Ezekiel J. Emanuel
From slang to quirky pronunciations of names, we Californians have a “hella” unique way of saying things that sounds foreign to most transplants. Prospect Park Books in Altadena has published “Talk Like a Californian: A Hella Fresh Guide to Golden State Speak.”
Colleen Dunn Bates, Publisher of “Talk Like a Californian: A Hella Fresh Guide to Golden State Speak”
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Some undocumented immigrants consider self-deportation The Senate voted on four immigration bills this week, but all failed. We get reaction from an El Segundo-based woman who used to be a DACA recipient, but got a green card a few years ago. Her cousins are DACA recipients, and her brother and parents are undocumented. She says her parents are considering self-deporting.
What we know about the mass school shooting in Florida On Wednesday, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. The Anti-Defamation League says he was affiliated with a white supremacist group. We learn about this group, hear what politicians have to say about the incident, and remember those who’ve died at school shootings since Sandy Hook.
California DACA recipient fights for permanent fix This week, the Senate is debating and voting on an immigration bill -- or bills. We talk about what might come out of it. We also get a personal story of one DACA recipient, who quit her job and spent her savings to travel to Washington DC to advocate for a permanent DACA fix.
How common is domestic abuse? White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter resigned last week after his two ex-wives and a former girlfriend accused him of physical and emotional abuse. Domestic violence affects women across the board. We talk with a wealthy, Harvard-educated woman who was married to an abusive man.
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