FROM Dale Kasler
Detroit's Bankruptcy Ruling Could Have a Big Impact in California The gold-plated promise used to be that a career in government meant a guaranteed safe and sound pension. Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that bankrupt Detroit could cut its municipal pension plans . What will that mean for Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino, California cities that have declared bankruptcy? Dale Kasler is business and economics reporter at the Sacramento Bee .
CalPERS Investigating $50 Million Paid to Former Board Member California largest public retirement system, CalPERS , stands to lose $500 million on a New York real estate deal that's about to go bust. Other potential losers are the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and the Church of England. The State Teachers' Retirement System has already written off $100 million. Dale Kasler covers business and economics for the Sacramento Bee .
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.