FROM Mike Zapler
Federal Judges Under Fire for Conference in Maui One hundred fifty judges from the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals are headed for Maui in August to hold a conference on the administration of justice. Republican US Senators Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Charles Grassley of Iowa are up in arms, as we hear from Mike Zapler, Deputy Congressional Editor for Politico .
Health Care Reform and Individual Mandates In January, Governor Schwarzenegger made national headlines by proposing universal health insurance in California and there was talk of creating a national model. After months of wrangling in Sacramento, he offered a legislative proposal yesterday. It would still require that every Californian buy health insurance. It would change the formulas for employer participation. The big news has to do with the state lottery .
More Debate in Sacramento but Little Progress on Health Care Reform In January, all sides agreed that this was the year for Healthcare Reform in California. The Washington Post said “all eyes” were on Governor Schwarzenegger’s plan requiring everybody to buy health insurance. That was then, this is now. Democratic Senate Leader Don Perata says the budget battle left Democrats and Republicans “ battered and bruised ” and just 3 weeks are left in the legislative session. Today, leaders of both parties met with the Governor today to talk about top priorities.
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?
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?
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?