FROM Callie Schweitzer
USC Journalists and Swine Flu Victims Los Angeles County's Department of Health said today that an unexpected shortage has left it with 810,000 doses of swine flu vaccine compared to the 5.5 million people who fall within high-priority groups. Meantime, LA and Fresno are only two California counties making public the death certificates of swine flu victims. Many others are withholding them in apparent violation of state law. That story, which has been reported by KCET-TV and the Los Angeles City News Service, originated with " Neon Tommy ," the online journalism project of USC's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.