FROM Denis Theriault
Four State Unions Make Pension Concessions State firefighters and Highway Patrol officers have agreed to Governor Schwarzenegger’s call for pension reforms that would save the state some $72 million a year. He calls it a major breakthrough, but $72 million is a tiny fraction of the state’s $19 billion shortfall. Denis Theriault reports from Sacramento for the San Jose Mercury-News .
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.
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.
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?