FROM Martin Cooper
Garcetti Warns Travelers, Conventioneers away from LAX Hilton LA City Council President Eric Garcetti has written a letter to past patrons of the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel , saying that a protracted labor dispute has involved "a mass civil disobedience action" with traffic blocked for three hours during rush hour. It warns, that could happen again, and urges event planners to boycott the Hilton and go somewhere else. The Daily News says that could well mean Anaheim or Las Vegas. The LA Times has editorialized against the letter, too. We hear from business, labor and Garcetti.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.