FROM David Goldstein
City Housing Commissioner Faces Scrutiny for Alleged Conflicts District Attorney Steve Cooley is investigating possible conflicts of interest on the part of the chairwoman of LA Mayor Villaraigosa's housing commission , which grants roughly a billion dollars in federal rent subsidies to needy families. Beatriz Stotzer also works for developers of low income housing, which receive the subsidies in the form of Section 8 vouchers. She is the president of one such developer, which manages apartments where two of her sons live. The story was first uncovered by CBS2 News , where David Goldstein is an investigative reporter. Note: We contacted Ms. Stotzer's office, but she did not respond to requests for an interview.)
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?
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.
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?