FROM Ruth Coleman
California State Parks Under Stress Governor Brown likes to sing the praises of California's state parks as "wonderful places… to explore the magnificence of the Golden State." But after years of dwindling support from the general fund, he's proposed to save $22 million by shutting down 70 of the 279 parks in the system. For the first time in state history, 15 will be closed for sure. Twenty-five might be saved, and 30 have earned at least a temporary reprieve. Three of those have signed contracts with private operators. Ruth Coleman is Director of the California State Parks .
State Parks Face the Budget Axe In order to save money, the State is going to shut down 70 parks to all visitors starting early next year. How did they choose which ones to close? Can they really keep people out? Ruth Coleman is Director of the State Department of Parks and Recreation.
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.