FROM Al Abrams
Does Villaraigosa Want to Do In DONE? First it was Moody's, which put the City of Los Angeles on its negative watch list. Today, Standard & Poor's downgraded LA's credit rating from AA to AA-minus. That means it'll cost millions of dollars more to operate on borrowed money. Mayor Villaraigosa is trying to cut costs, and one target has been the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment . DONE provides support for Neighborhood Councils , and some Council leaders are concerned that elected officials are trying to gut the city's experiment in grassroots democracy.
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?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.