FROM Juliet Williams
Race to the Top Is Mired in the Muck The Obama Administration is dangling between $350 and $700 million federal dollars in front of California’s education establishment, but it’s at risk of being lost to politics in Sacramento. The deadline is January 19, 2010.
Domestic Violence Shelters Closing in Budget Crisis From a spending program that approaches $100 billion, the Governor cut a $20 million program begun after the death of OJ Simpson's wife, Nicole Brown Simpson. As a result, six domestic violence shelters have been forced to close and dozens more are scaling back. That's according to Juliet Williams of the Associated Press .
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.
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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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.