FROM Seung Min Kim
Trump says US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel President Trump says the US is recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. He calls it a campaign promise, but is it a wise move? Under pressure from scandal, Democratic Senator Al Franken and Republican representative Trent Franks will resign, that comes as Alabama voters are preparing to possibly send Roy Moore to the Senate. Congress passed legislation to fund the government will they reach a longer term deals.
Sanctuary Cities Targeted by Lawmakers The Senate votes tomorrow on a bill that would deny federal law enforcement funding to sanctuary cities, which protect undocumented immigrants from being deported. Los Angeles and San Francisco are both sanctuary cities. The bill would also put stricter prison sentences on those who try to re-enter the United States after being deported. The House passed its version of this bill in July, after the death of Kate Steinle, a woman in San Francisco who was shot and killed by an undocumented immigrant. That immigrant had been released from jail instead of handed over to federal immigration officials.
Sanctuary Cities In a nearly four-hour hearing in the House this week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson answered questions about the killing, earlier this month, of Kathryn Steinle on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. One of those questions was why an undocumented immigrant with felony convictions hadn’t been deported. Steinle was shot by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, who admitted killing her but maintains that it was an accident. Lopez-Sanchez had been deported back to Mexico five times, and had recently been released from a federal prison.
First African-American Woman Sworn In as Attorney General More than 160 days since she was confirmed by the Senate, Loretta Lynch was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden today as the first African-American woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States. Seung Min Kim reports on the Justice Department for Politico .
House Votes to Roll Back Obama's Immigration Actions Most House Republicans today voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security with amendments designed to kill the President's executive orders shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. Speaker John Boehner denied the move was a dispute between parties, but rather an " executive overreach " and "an affront to the rule of law and to the constitution itself." Today's amended bill passed, satisfying hard-line party members but some moderates are unhappy, as we hear from Seung Min Kim, who reports for Politico .
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.
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.
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.