FROM Bill Watkins
San Bernardino Right behind Detroit in Poverty The Census Bureau's annual American Community Survey has grim news for the Inland Empire. After Detroit, San Bernardino is the poorest big city in the United States. More than one third of residents, 34.6 percent, are below the poverty line. That's $22,000 a year for a family of four and $11,000 for an individual.
Creating Jobs in California Two million people are out of work and the official unemployment rate is 12%. Republican Meg Whitman has issued a 48-page economic policy plan . Democrat Jerry Brown has proposed policies on green jobs and pensions. But despite their different approaches both deal with economic renewal, public spending, taxation and, most important of all, jobs. Whitman says she'll create 500,000 jobs a year in her first term. She also says she'd suspend Governor Schwarzenegger's environmental law, enacted as AB 32 . But Jerry Brown says AB 32 us essential to creating jobs by promoting the green economy.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.