FROM Kirk Siegler
Executive Order puts Antiquity Act under scrutiny Cedar Mesa Citadel Ruins at Bears Ears National Monument Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management The 1906 Antiquities Act allows presidents to protect public lands and create national monuments. Presidents Clinton and Obama used that power to enrich their legacies by designating hundreds of thousands of acres. Now President Trump wants to go in the other direction . Kirk Siegler, who covers the West for National Public Radio , says the change is more about opposition to the federal government making decisions for states about use and management of public lands.
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.
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.