Photo of the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento, CA, courtesy of Christopher Padalinski.
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Eric Bauman won this weekend’s election to become the new chairman of the California Democratic Party. He won by just 62 votes -- out of about 3000 -- against progressive candidate Kimberly Ellis. Ellis has refused to concede. She’s questioning the integrity of the election, and wants to review each vote. We hear from Bauman about whether the votes should be recounted, and whether he’s flummoxed by the election.
Eric Bauman, winner of the election for new chairman of California Democratic Party
Kimberly Ellis lost a tight race against political veteran Eric Bauman to be chair of the California Democratic Party. She’s calling for an audit of the votes. She discusses her concerns around the integrity of the election, what she’ll do if she still doesn’t win after the audit, and the differences between her and Bauman.
When President Donald Trump first tried to roll out his travel ban, lawyers rushed to airports nationwide to help those caught in the middle. Among them was the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, a Seattle-based nonprofit that represents immigrants facing deportation. The group has been vocal in opposing Trump’s travel ban. Now the Justice Department is demanding that the group stop its immigrant defense work by using a little-known technicality in the law.
Sheila Nevins has been president of HBO Documentary Films for three decades, she’s won 32 Primetime Emmys and 26 Oscars. In her new book of personal essays, she writes about her life, being a woman in a man’s world, and getting a facelift.
Sheila Nevins, Director of Documentaries, HBO; author of “You Don’t Look Your Age and Other Fairy Tales”
Apple’s new Cupertino headquarters has been called the “mothership.” It looks like a circular spaceship. Some 14,000 employees will land there. Designed by architect Norman Foster, it cost $5 billion. Fake hills were created to shield it from the outside world.
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President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
The challenges of being Native American in Oakland Tommy Orange is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, but he grew up in Oakland. His new novel, “There There,” is set in Oakland. His many disparate characters -- all urban Indians -- struggle with what it means to be Native and struggle to connect with disappearing traditions.
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