FROM Megan Greenwell
LA's Brain Drain Problem The latest Labor Department report showed that the U.S. economy only created 38,000 jobs in May. It’s the third month of consecutive decline in job creation nationally, but job creation in Los Angeles is actually looking pretty good. This week, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation released a report forecasting that the County will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the next four years. Unfortunately, most of those jobs will be low-skilled, low-paying and don’t require more than a high school diploma. So where does that leave the many young professionals and college graduates in Los Angeles, a city that keeps getting more expensive?
Iraq to Review Security Contractors after Shooting After a shoot-out involving Blackwater USA , the government of Iraq wants to crack down on private America's security contractors. Megan Greenwell is in Baghdad for the Washington Post .
Bombing Kills Scores in Kirkuk The northern city of Kirkuk today saw its deadliest attack by insurgents since the start of the war in Iraq. A suicide truck bomb and two smaller car bombs killed at least 85 people and wounded almost 200 more. Megan Greenwell is following the story for the Washington Post .
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?
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'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.