FROM Becky Dennison
Closing In on Approval of a Football Stadium in Downtown LA For years, the powerful developer AEG has been working to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles with a 76,000-seat stadium downtown. It appears that the wait is all over except for two more meetings by the Planning Commission this week and the City Council two weeks from now. LA Times columnist Jim Newton says, "If there are concessions left to get, now's the time to get them…"
LA near Accord on Skid Row 'Tent Cities' LA Police Chief William Bratton is pushing a deal with the ACLU to allow homeless people to sleep on the streets of Skid Row at night, but not in the daytime. He says that means no more of the tent cities that breed filth and crime. A federal court has ruled that arresting people for sleeping on sidewalks is “cruel and unusual punishment,” because there are not enough beds for almost 2000 homeless people. Bratton says if the City Council fails to approve the compromise tomorrow, the alternative is endless appeals that will make saving the neighborhood impossible.
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.
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.
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?