FROM Ted Boutrous
A Look Back at the Legal Battle over Prop 8 On today's To the Point we heard about today's arguments before the US Supreme Court, which is being asked to throw out laws against same-sex marriage in four states. In 2008, California voters approved Prop 8 , which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. Prop 8 then went on a long and tortured journey through the federal courts . Ted Boutrous, with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, represented same-sex plaintiffs in a case that overturned it.
Bad Teachers, Minority Students and the Constitution It's now up to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu to decide a case brought by Students Matter , a group funded by Silicon Valley businessman David Welch. He hired two nationally known attorneys to represent nine mostly minority kids, claiming California's teacher protection laws give some students a better education than others. One witness was LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy, who compared a school in Encino to one in South Los Angeles by observing, "we have not struck down the wall of educational apartheid in this country."
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.