FROM Tom Adams
A Stealth Attack on Rent Control? Apartment, house and mobile-home owners are among the supporters of Proposition 98 on the June 3 ballot. It would limit government's right to seize private property but would also phase out rent control in 100 cities, including Los Angeles, Santa Monica and West Hollywood. We hear the pros and cons of Prop 98 and a rival measure, Prop 99 .
Proposition 90: Private Property, Eminent Domain and the Environment Local, state and federal governments have always been able to seize property that owners don't want to sell for public uses like roads, schools, parks or fire stations. Last year, the US Supreme Court expanded the government's power to force the sale of property by owners who want to hold on. In addition to public projects like roads or schools, the " power of eminent domain " now can be used for private projects, like shopping centers. Proposition 90 on the November ballot makes California one of 13 states with ballot initiatives to counteract that decision--and more. Is it a reasonable protection for private property rights? Would it increase the cost of government and eliminate safeguards for the environment? We hear the pros and cons.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.