FROM Amanda Covarrubias
Wildfires and Public Health One hundred eleven houses in Montecito, 113 in Yorba Linda, and in Sylmar, 501 mobile homes – it's Los Angeles County's worst loss of its kind since the Bel-Air fire of 1961. Roughly 1000 homes and other structures were destroyed in the past four days from Santa Barbara to Orange County. You can see, smell and even taste the smoke and ashes in much of Southern California. We get an update from Amanda Covarrubias, Assignment Editor on the City Desk at the Los Angeles Times .
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.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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?