FROM Tim Quinn
Who Benefits from Sacramento’s Water Compromise? Proposition 1 on the November ballot is a compromise between Democrats, Republicans and Governor Brown: It’s a water bond for $7.5 billion — replacing an $11 billion measure that appeared too expensive to pass. Even supporters of the compromise admit it won’t help Californians cope with the current drought or prevent rationing during the next one. Much of it goes for two new dams that won’t be completed for at least a decade. But Tim Quinn calls it “the right size and the right time.” He’s Executive Director of the Association of California Water Agencies — 440 different organizations that deliver 90% of the state’s water.
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 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.
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?