FROM Rob Schmitz
Governor Brown Goes to China Jerry Brown probably could've picked a better time to head across the Pacific for meetings in China , given the roiling political showdown underway on the Korean peninsula. Nevertheless he and a cohort of 90 business and policy leaders are in Beijing on a mission to increase trade ties between China and the Golden State. The California Governor will spend six days traveling across China in an effort to encourage investors there to put their renminbi, the Chinese currency, into California companies. He's pitching everything from Hollywood to Silicon Valley, green technology and even the state's controversial bullet train. We explore whether trade missions like these really make a difference, and ask how the Governor will know if the trip was a success.
Governor Schwarzenegger and Mayor Villaraigosa Go to Copenhagen Reports from Copenhagen are not optimistic about reaching important agreement on climate change. The US is taking heat for refusing to budge on greenhouse gas reductions the rest of the world calls inadequate. Tens of thousands of delegates — and more than 100 heads of state — are waiting for President Obama to show up on Friday. In the meantime, LA’s Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is on hand and so is Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger .
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.
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.
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.
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.