FROM Abby Sewell
More Oversight for LA County Sheriff's Office To counter protests over another controversial shooting, LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell has released footage showing that a man killed on Saturday by deputies in Lynnwood had a pistol in his hands. It's been a year since the Board of Supervisors created a civilian watchdog to investigate such incidents, but it still hasn't decided which records should be made available. A vote is scheduled tomorrow, and Abby Sewell is reporting the story for the LA Times .
Most Powerful Jobs in America's Biggest County Are Up for Grabs Few people may know the name of LA's County Assessor , but few elected officials have as direct an impact on more people. The current incumbent, John Noguez, is facing charges for allegedly lowering tax bills in exchange for bribes. Whether he is guilty or not, the case demonstrates where the Assessor's power lies. Noguez is trying to prove himself innocent of corruption charges and is not running again. No less than 12 people have filed to run for his job — and you've probably never heard of them, either. Is such a powerful job as County Assessor with so low a profile appropriate for public election?
Loaded Guns in Checked Bags on Flights? On Sunday, a loaded .38-caliber handgun fell out of a duffle bag being placed into the baggage compartment of an Alaska Airlines flight from LA, California to Portland, Oregon. It was turned over to airport police and the owner, who had not declared it, was allowed to take a later flight. Air travelers are familiar with pat-downs, limits on liquids and full-body scans. But while the Transportation Security Administration does not allow passengers to carry firearms onto airplanes, the TSA says guns in checked baggage are not its responsibility. Abby Sewell reports for the Los Angeles Times .
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.