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Governor Jerry Brown said he wants some changes to California’s so-called sanctuary state bill, which would ban state and local law enforcement from using their resources to help federal immigration authorities. But Brown also supports taking the Trump administration to court over attempts to punish sanctuary cities by stripping federal funding. Chicago has filed a lawsuit. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra threatened one too.
California is key to flipping the House in next year’s elections to the Democrats. But Republican incumbents still hold an advantage when it comes to money. We also find out why Gavin Newsom is so far ahead of the other candidates when it comes to raising money.
Pastor Ralph Drollinger runs a weekly bible study in the White House. About a dozen Cabinet members attend, as well as CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. President Trump doesn’t make it, but he receives a copy of the Pastor’s teachings every week.
Randall Balmer, Professor of American Religious History, Dartmouth College
Despite best-laid vacation plans, things don’t quite work out. We present a week-long series on travel horror stories. Today's first story comes from journalist Jim Burress, who went to Liberia a few years ago to report on mental health care. He was ready for a challenging trip, but his visit coincided with the start of the Ebola crisis.
Jim Burress in Lofa County, Liberia, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Burress)
Jim Burress, journalist
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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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