FROM Jeffrey Michael
As Reality of Bankruptcy Hits, Stockton Grapples with Hard Decisions The San Joaquin Valley City of Stockton got the very worst of the foreclosure crisis. Ten percent of Stockton's families lost their homes, business declined and tax revenues dried up. Monday, a federal judge ruled that Stockton was eligible for bankruptcy protection , and last night's city council meeting wasn't over until 2 o'clock this morning. San Bernardino, Compton, San Jose and Watsonville are all watching closely to see what happens to Stockton's pension obligations.
Stockton Files for Bankruptcy: Who's Next? Earlier this week, we heard that the City of Stockton was into mediation with creditors and public unions, but no agreement was reached in time to avoid bankruptcy. Last night, the City Council adopted what it called " a survival budget ," making Stockton the largest American city to seek protection from creditors and unions in US bankruptcy court.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."