FROM David Janssen
A New CEO for Los Angeles County? LA County is run by five elected supervisors , four of whom find it a cumbersome, inefficient way to do business. Yesterday, after voters turned down a proposal to create a County Mayor, supervisors endorsed another plan . With voter approval, the County’s Chief Administrative Officer will be given the power to oversee all department heads. Supervisors will be governed by a "non-intrusion" clause that bars them from issuing orders to county employees. The current CAO, David Janssen, tried to retire this year after 10 years in office, but qualified replacements turned down the job, in part because the limitations posed by the current structure.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
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?
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.