FROM Robin Swanson
PG&E Goes All In for Proposition 16 The state's largest private utility, Pacific Gas and Electric , has spent more than $46 million on Proposition 16. Opponents call it an effort to stamp out public power. PG&E says it's about fair elections. Prop 16 would require a 2/3 vote of the people whenever a city or county wants to start or expand a publicly run utility. We hear from both sides.
Proposition 89: California Politics without Big Money? November's elections will likely set new records for campaign spending, led by the race for Governor and 13 ballot propositions . One of them promises to change all that by setting limits on corporate contributions. Proposition 89 promises to take the big money out of politics with spending limits and $200 in public financing of campaigns for state offices. Would spending reform limit special interest influence? Would public finance mean tax money for negative campaigns? We'll hear the pros and cons.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.
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.