FROM Erin McMorrow
HUD Re-Allocates Section 8 Money Away from Los Angeles The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development rejected all the new projects proposed by the City of Los Angeles this year to house homeless people. All $15 million has been given to other cities instead. Homeless advocates say Congresswoman Maxine Waters wants to lobby HUD to get the money back, but that Mayor Villaraigosas's office won’t give her the green light. Erin McMorrow directs housing policy at the LA Coalition to End Hunger and Homelessness .
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.
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.