FROM Kevin Arnovitz
NBA Bans Donald Sterling for Life, Calls for Sale of Team The National Basketball Association has thrown Donald Sterling out of the game – for life. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has given Sterling the league's harshest penalty and highest fine for racist comments he made in a recorded conversation. At today's press conference, Silver said the league has confirmed that the voice on the recording is, indeed, Sterling. He called Sterling's views "deeply offensive and harmful; that they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage." In addition to the life-time ban, Silver imposed a $2.5 million ban, the maximum allowed under the NBA constitution.
How About Them Clippers, Lakers, and Kings? The Dodgers and Lakers have made LA a great sports town, but the Dodgers aren’t playing and the Lakers are losing. Last year, the Los Angeles Kings stunned the world of ice hockey by winning the Stanley Cup, and this year, the Clippers have one of the top records in the National Basketball League. It’s all about the Clippers and the Stanley-Cup winning Kings. So what's happening with the Lakers? We talk sports.
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.
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.
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?
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?