FROM Daniel J.B. Mitchell
Can Washington Ignore the Biggest State in the Union? In 1975, a local newspaper headline said, "Ford to New York City: Drop Dead." But President Gerald Ford relented and agreed to back loans that kept the city from going bankrupt. Now California is asking Washington for a similar kind of help. Will Washington want to see sick children out on the street? What about the municipal bond market?
New Grocery Workers Contract Regains Benefits It appears that one of LA’s major economic engines will not be shut down by a labor dispute as shipping companies and the Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative agreement today. If it’s ratified, that’s good news for the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. Over the weekend, Southern California grocery workers approved an agreement that brought peace to Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons. Union members got their first raises in five years and the new contract repeals the two-tier pay scales enacted after a 141-day strike and lockout four years ago.
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.
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.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?