FROM Jeff Rabin
Coastal Commission's Peter Douglas Retires after 26 Years Peter Douglas helped write the laws that established the California Coastal Commission . For 26 years as executive director, he made it one of the most powerful, most revered and reviled regulatory agencies of its kind. He survived several attempts by developers and private property owners to oust him. But now, lung cancer has forced his retirement at age 68. We hear from his fans and his critics.
How Should California Prep for a Population Surge? The California Department of Finance issued it's new population projections earlier this week, predicting not just an increase to sixty million residents but major changes in the makeup of the state. California is projected to become a majority Hispanic state by 2042, the San Francisco bay area will be home to even larger concentrations of Asian-Americans, and Riverside County will leap ahead of its neighbors in size. The projections make Los Angeles’ longstanding nemesis – traffic – even more daunting. Can the region build enough mass transit or freeways to cope? Where are all these new residents going to be housed, or go to school?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.