FROM Ken Hunt
The Continuing Saga of the State Budget Governor Schwarzenegger has made good on his threat to fire part-time workers and cut 200,000 full-time salaries down to the minimum wage. As that battle rages, Democrats and Republicans reportedly plan to help balance the budget by taking money from city and county governments. The money will have to be paid back in three years—with interest. But the borrowing means cuts in the meantime. We look at the consequences of cuts at the DMV and other agencies. Are political leaders once again putting off the day of reckoning? When will taxpayers be asked if they're willing to pay for the education, medical care and other services they demand?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
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.