FROM Steve Fleischli
Will New Taxes Solve California’s Water Shortage? Governor Brown is famously not campaigning for re-election next week so much as he is for favorite ballot measures, including Proposition 1 . The product of negotiations between the Governor, the legislature, environmentalists and agricultural interests, it calls for $7.5 billion in bond money for “water quality, supply, treatment and storage projects.” Thirty-six percent would go for water storage, including dams and reservoirs. Only one percent would go for conservation and efficiency. The Natural Resources Defense Council supports Prop 1 . Restore the Delta is an environmental group that’s opposes it .
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?
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.