FROM Hector Becerra
The Curious Case of the City of Vernon You might never have heard of Leonis and Dominica Malburg — both in their 80's — but their conviction of fraud and conspiracy is big news in the City of Vernon , an industrial town of less than 100 people in southeast Los Angeles County. Malburg's grandfather founded Vernon, and Malburg was Mayor and City Councilman for more than 50 years. But he and Dominica were convicted of an elaborate scheme to show that they actually lived there, when they really lived someplace else. Hector Becerra reported on last week's trial for the LA Times .
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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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.