FROM Michael Saltsman
America's Largest County Considers Raising the Minimum Wage At LA County's Hall of Administration today, public comment was limited to just one minute after hundreds signed up to testify about a proposed increase in the minimum wage. The Board was considering a measure much like one signed into law last month by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. The increase would be phased in over the next five years from $9 an hour to $15.
Should Fast Food Workers Get a ‘Living Wage?’ Seven dollars and twenty-five cents is the federal minimum wage and, this week, workers in 7 cities have gone to the streets demanding their pay be doubled to 15 dollars an hour. They hope to embarrass brands like McDonald’s—chains claiming their franchisees provide short-term, entry-level jobs while only making marginal profits.What would increased wages mean for the price of fast food? Is there likely to be any change?
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.
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.
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?