FROM Michele Siqueiros
UC and Governor Brown: the Battle Continues While student protesters were shouting, the UC Board of Regents today confirmed yesterday’s committee vote, approving tuition hikes of as much as five percent a year for the next five years. The vote was 14 to seven, with the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Assembly Speaker and Superintendent of Public Instruction — all elected officials — voting “no.”
Out-of-State Students Increasing UC Presence Despite new taxes for education passed by the voters in 2012, the University of California’s getting just half the state money it did a decade ago. One way to make up the difference: admit more students from other states and countries, because they pay three times more in tuition than Californians. But that means more competition for home-grown kids — even when they’re highly qualified.
Students Taking Longer to Earn Degrees from Community Colleges In the 1960s, California made a pledge to its young people: if you wanted a college education, you could get one, starting with Community College. Today the state’s 112 Community Colleges, with 2.1 million students, makes up the largest higher education system in the county. But that half-century long promise is in trouble. A new report finds students are taking longer to get both their Associate and Bachelor’s degrees, and that means college is getting more expensive.
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.
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?
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.
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?