FROM Eric Bailey
Family Feud Breaks Out in Speaker's Race The Latino caucus in Sacramento is growing fast, but it's losing its solidarity. Instead of settling their differences in private, three Latino Democrats from Los Angeles are conducting a very public fight with leadership of the State Assembly at stake. A veteran Latino politician says his colleagues are airing their "dirty laundry" in the fight. Can Republicans take advantage?
Start the Presses for the State IOU's The State of California is printing up 28,742 IOU's for $53.3 million. If the state has the money on October 2, they can be redeemed with interest at 3.75%. In the meantime, the California Bankers Association says banks “ may be hesitant ” to accept them. Eric Bailey is in Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times .
Draconian Cuts Necessary to Balance California's Budget Faced with a $21 billion deficit that appears to be rising, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed to transform California. Instead of one of the nation's most generous states to the poor, it would be one of the stingiest. Eric Bailey reports from Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times .
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.