FROM Marty Hittelman
California Loses Round Two in the 'Race to the Top' California schools have lost again in the second round of the Obama Administration's "Race to the Top" in education. After the state lost in the first round , Education Secretary Arne Duncan personally encouraged Governor Schwarzenegger to try again, and success would have meant $700 million in federal funds with $150 million for LA Unified and $18 million for Long Beach. We talk with the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the LAUSD and the California Federation of Teachers about why the State came up short for a second time.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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?
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?