FROM Bob Salladay
Barack Obama in Los Angeles Nobody's surprised when a presidential candidate comes to California almost a year before the primary voting begins--looking for money. What's rare is the candidate who's also looking for votes. But this year is different. California's about to move its own primary up from June to February, which means that Golden State voters will be important for the first time in decades. Tonight, Illinois' Democratic Senator Barack Obama will be at a Hollywood fundraiser in Beverly Hills. This afternoon, presidential candidate Obama was scheduled to speak at the Rancho Cienega Sports Complex in the West Adams District of Los Angeles.
California's Voice in the 2008 Presidential Campaigns? The Governor and the Legislature are likely to move California's presidential primary up to February 5 of next year. The idea is to force Republican and Democratic candidates to actually campaign here, rather than just raising money. Just talking about it brought Rudy Giuliani in for a four-day tour. John McCain and Barack Obama will be here next week. Still, there's debate about whether an extra election is really a good idea. Would it mean real clout for the biggest state in the Union? Would it really work? What does it have to do with term limits? We hear a journalist following the story and advocates on both sides.
Is Phil Angelides Ready for Late-Night TV? Action-movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy on Jay Leno's Tonight Show , and tonight he'll be back to share a few jokes--at a crucial moment in his campaign for re-election. His Democratic opponent, Phil Angelides , wants equal time, but NBC claims he's not entitled. Just a month before the election, the incident dramatizes how crucial television can be in a modern election. In California, the biggest media state of all, most candidates can't even afford it.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.