FROM Jeremy B. White
A Change to Regulating California? This week comes a push to do something about those state agencies that are responsible for regulating and overseeing companies, whose environmental records have been less than stellar… even, perhaps, criminal.
Is Mandatory Vaccination in California's Future? Personal, moral or religious exemptions won’t be allowed if Governor Brown signs a bill passed today by the State Assembly. The Senate originated the measure , which would require vaccination of all children entering kindergarten. It passed both houses by big margins, but opponents plan a court challenge and, possibly, a referendum. First, it has to go to Governor Brown. Jeremy White covers the Capitol for the Sacramento Bee .
Public Health and Public Outrage The anti-vaccination movement may be small in number, but it has enough angry people to pack hearing rooms in Sacramento, where Senate Bill 277 is under consideration. Last week, after hours of blistering testimony, the Senate Education Committee agreed to delay the measure. Now it has been amended, and today it passed by a vote of 7 to 2 — with no public input allowed.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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?
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?