FROM Scott Smith
As Reality of Bankruptcy Hits, Stockton Grapples with Hard Decisions The San Joaquin Valley City of Stockton got the very worst of the foreclosure crisis. Ten percent of Stockton's families lost their homes, business declined and tax revenues dried up. Monday, a federal judge ruled that Stockton was eligible for bankruptcy protection , and last night's city council meeting wasn't over until 2 o'clock this morning. San Bernardino, Compton, San Jose and Watsonville are all watching closely to see what happens to Stockton's pension obligations.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
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.