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 .
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.
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.
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.