FROM Katie Orr
Effective Opposition or Sour Grapes? The idea of a “town hall” is as old as colonial America. At GOP-hosted town halls since the election of President Trump… protesters continue to shout down their representatives and demand action. Is this part of an organized movement… or simply lingering frustrations from the general election?
Anti-Vaxers Appeal to the Voters As classes begin again in the public schools, it's the last year when California parents can opt out of vaccinating their children based on personal beliefs or religious convictions. Some angry parents want voters to repeal the toughest law of its kind in the nation. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez met with some vaccination skeptics. He reports that many parents are skeptical about the pharmaceutical industry — and that skepticism is rising as the number of recommended vaccines has increased.
Parents Protest Vaccine Bill State lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would make vaccinations mandatory in the state and they’re getting some serious pushback. Right now, parents can opt out of vaccinations for a variety of “personal beliefs.” SB 277 would allow only medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations. A crucial vote takes place tomorrow .
Leland Yee Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator from San Francisco, was arrested today in an FBI corruption investigation. His is only one of a string of arrests across San Francisco that have also netted infamous Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Senator Yee is the third Democratic Senator this year to be targeted by the FBI’s ongoing corruption investigation. He is also running for Secretary of State.
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?
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.
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.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.