FROM Lenore Anderson
The Effect of Downgrading Felonies A new report from the Public Policy Institute of California finds that realignment and Prop 47 have not, so far, resulted in an increase in crime in California. Realignment is the big shift of inmates convicted of nonviolent crimes from state prisons to county jails. Prop 47, passed last year, changes certain drug crimes and nonviolent felonies to misdemeanors. The measure is retroactive. On Sunday, a fair was organized at Exposition Park to help people with prior felonies reduce their criminal records, and more than 4,000 people turned up. Some lined up as early as four in the morning. We hear from people who were there.
Very Few Voters Make Lots of Big Decisions Yesterday’s Republican tide did not sweep into California — although the Democrats’ supermajority in Sacramento has come to an end. We look at the election results.
Is It Time to Relax the “Crackdown on Crime?” Twenty years ago, California voters passed, “Three Strikes and You’re Out” — providing that a third conviction meant life in prison, even if it was for a minor crime. There have been some changes since, and now Proposition 47 would reduce some felonies down to misdemeanors — as well as allowing some convicts to appeal for sentence reduction. We get some background and hear a debate.
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.
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?
Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.