FROM Kirk Siegler
FBI Releases Video of Fatal Shooting of Oregon Occupier FBI has released video showing the shooting death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, who was often a spokesman for the armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Footage shot from a helicopter shows him getting out of an SUV after pulling off into the show to avoid a law enforcement barricade on a rural highway. Kirk Siegler with NPR joins us from Burns, Oregon.
One Small Step toward Housing the Homeless The LA City Council today made good on an eight-week-old promise. It declared a " shelter crisis ," designed to pave the way to temporary housing for some 19,000 people who sleep on the streets of the city. We hear from a reporter covering the story, a councilman who put forth the plan, and from homeowners and advocates for the homeless.
Is LA Criminalizing Homelessness? The Los Angeles City Council this week gave the city more power to dismantle homeless encampments. That’s despite the loud objections of homeless advocates. About a dozen protesters disrupted Tuesday’s City Council meeting, calling the rules “criminal” until security officers escorted them out.
West Coast Ports Empty as Labor Dispute Boils Over Twenty-nine West Coast ports that handle almost half all US trade—and 70% of all imports from Asia—were closed yesterday and they’ll be closed again during the upcoming long weekend. A contract dispute could have major impact across the country. Kirk Siegler covers the Western US for NPR.
The Ports Are All Backed Up There’s a crisis at the nation’s West Coast ports. An ongoing dispute between longshoremen and shipping companies has led to a suspension of unloading cargo ships. That means huge boats are sitting just offshore, waiting to unload containers filled with products from Asia. And goods from California – that are supposed to be shipped out – are languishing on the docks.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."