FROM Brian Joseph
Politicians Waiting to Cash in on Special Interest Pledges With hundreds of bills to be voted on, the last week of the legislative session means chaos in Sacramento, and with hundreds of lobbyists on the scene, it's also the best time for legislators to raise money. To reveal any possible connection between votes cast and money raised, contributions are supposed to be reported in 24 hours. But the reports today on what could be a new scheme to avoid public scrutiny.
Capitol Chaos A lot of Democrats who had reservations held their noses today as the State Senate passed Mayor Villaraigosa's proposal for partial takeover of LA schools . Next up is the Assembly, which is likely to go along, too. But that's just part of the madness that reigns in the last week of this legislative session with 500 bills to be acted on--some of them really important--between now and adjournment on Thursday. We'll look at how chaos becomes business as usual at the send of a legislative session and how bills passed by several committees are completely transformed and still get votes from legislators who've never read them.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
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.