FROM Richard Pan
Vaccine Exemption Ban Bill Begins Its Legislative Battle To prevent an infectious disease from traveling takes a vaccination rate of 95%. The measles epidemic that started at Disneyland spread in areas where the rate was short of 50%. California is one of 20 states allowing exemptions from vaccinations for personal beliefs. Now some legislators are trying to change that. Democrat Richard Pan of Sacramento is a doctor and a lead author of Senate Bill 277 .
California Backs Off of Food Handling Glove Law Governor Brown recently signed a state law requiring chefs and bartenders to cover their hands when handling ready-to-eat food — including olives and lemon slices. In the food and restaurant industry, there was an immediate uproar . Now it appears that protective glove may never go on — if the man who started it all gets his way. He's Assemblyman Richard Pan, also a medical doctor, a Democrat who represents Sacramento and surrounding areas.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.