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 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
Further revelations into Russian involvement in 2016 election Last week's failure to "repeal and replace" Obamacare was an early setback for the Trump Administration. There may be long-term danger of a different kind in multiple investigations into ties with Russia among campaign workers, the White House staff and the Chief Executive himself. We look as some of the threads they're following.