FROM Paul Taylor
Anti-Gridlock Group Urges Speeding Up 405 Improvements The new HOV lane from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley is supposed to speed up commuter traffic on the 405 when it's finally complete. In the meantime, it seems like it'll never be done. The original deadline — Spring of 2013 — has been pushed back until December. Now a group called Angelenos against Gridlock has formed a subsidiary, the Faster 405 campaign.
Beijing-LA Alliance to Fight Traffic GM's Urban Luxury Concept makes the case that the solution to congested city living is to drive smaller cars. But officials in choking cities believe the answer lies in getting people out of their cars, period. In an unusual alliance, the transportation agencies of Los Angeles and Beijing have come together to swap ideas on how best to get people walking, biking and riding public transit. We hear more from Paul Taylor, Deputy CEO of the MTA .
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 plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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?