FROM Chuck McFadden
Governor Jerry Brown: From Moonbeam to Pragmatist Governor Brown has $23 million in campaign money he’s not spending on his campaign for a fourth term in next month’s election. Neel Kashkari came to KCRW for an interview with Which Way, LA? Governor Brown hasn’t responded to our invitation. In 1970, Brown became Secretary of State—on a platform of political reform. He sponsored the Political Reform Act, which was passed by the voters. Brown went on to be elected Governor four years later. But this year, the former reformer vetoed three bills that would have imposed tough restrictions on gifts from lobbyists to legislators.
How Green Is Governor Jerry Brown? Jerry Brown's famous advice to politicians is, "Paddle a little on the left, paddle a little on the right and keep on going right down the middle." It sounds practical enough but, put into action, it’s a formula that can upset the expectations of an elected official’s supporters. During his third term as Governor, Brown has been preaching about climate change. But, he's also been paddling on the other side.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.