FROM Gray Davis
Downtown Stadium Faces a Hard Sell Developers who want the National Football League in downtown LA "guarantee" it won't cost taxpayer money. To make sure that taxpayers won’t be left holding the bag, Mayor Villaraigosa, who favors a $1 billion stadium, has appointed a group of local leaders to analyze the plan. But the Associated Press has reported that all of them have ties with the developer, AEG. The group includes former Governor Gray Davis, who got $93,000 from AEG and affiliated companies during his re-election campaign in 2002. We talk with former Governor Gray Davis and others about real conflict and the appearance of conflict.
Who Will Rescue California from Its Sad Fiscal Shape? A think-tank with ties to President Obama estimates that California will get about $63 billion from his stimulus package; $19 billion would go for individual tax cuts and the rest would fund infrastructure projects, healthcare, schools and unemployment benefits. Ten billion of that would help reduce the $42 billion budget shortfall, not enough to avoid big tax increases and major cuts in spending. Are Californians ready for what lies in store?
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?
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.