In a controversial move, the U.S. on Monday opened its embassy in Jerusalem, setting off deadly protests along the Israeli-Gaza border. Israeli troops killed dozens of Palestinian protesters and wounded more than 2,400 -- making it the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 Gaza war. This is the latest in a recent string of events that could cause more unrest in the Middle East.
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John Cox one of the Republicans in the California governor’s race. Originally from Illinois, he’s a venture capitalist living in Rancho Santa Fe. He backs President Trump and wants to end California’s sanctuary state law. He talks to us about the housing crisis, crime levels, the Republican effort to repeal the state gas tax, and more.
Gubernatorial candidate John Cox at KCRW. Photo by Amy Ta.
John Cox, businessman running for governor
The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that banned commercial sports gambling in most states. New Jersey brought the suit, but the ruling opens the door for other states looking to allow and tax sports gambling. President Trump’s new lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Friday said that the president himself denied AT&T’s merger with Time Warner -- CNN’s parent company. This contradicts months of White House statements denying that there was political interference. Giuliani is now walking back his statement, claiming President Trump “told me directly he didn’t interfere.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled new labels for genetically modified foods, but they don’t actually say “GMO” or “genetically modified.” Instead, the labels say “BE” for bioengineered and look like smiley faces. Opponents of GMOs are calling these smiley face labels misleading and Orwellian.
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Trevor Noah on his brand of political comedy On Tuesday night, Trevor Noah spoke to Omarosa Manigault Newman, who’s been on the TV circuit promoting her anti-Donald Trump book. Trevor Noah has hosted The Daily Show for nearly three years. Now he’s nominated for an Emmy for the first time. We talk about that Omarosa interview, and using comedy to affect politics.
How bees play a crucial role in our food chain Much of the food we eat -- fruit, vegetables, nuts -- are all pollinated by bees. But bees are dying, and their hives are disappearing. Bees now have to be sent around the country to pollinate crops. We learn more about the nature of bees, and what’s at stake if their numbers continue to plummet.
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