FROM Marleen Wong
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in L.A. Schools With hugs all around, Mayor Villaraigosa , LA’s elected School Board and Superintendent Brewer announced today that the Mayor will try to improve student performance in two high schools and their feeder schools. The specific schools have not been named and the Teachers’ Union is worried about what it calls “hostile takeovers”. Meantime, here’s some insight into why children in troubled neighborhoods don’t do well in school. An astonishing number have PTSD —post traumatic stress disorder—at nearly twice the rate of the troops coming back from Iraq. LA Unified is one of the few urban districts that acknowledge the problem. A special thank you to Jill Tucker of the San Francisco Chronicle for today's topic.
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.
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.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.