FROM Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla
Will New Taxes Solve California’s Water Shortage? Governor Brown is famously not campaigning for re-election next week so much as he is for favorite ballot measures, including Proposition 1 . The product of negotiations between the Governor, the legislature, environmentalists and agricultural interests, it calls for $7.5 billion in bond money for “water quality, supply, treatment and storage projects.” Thirty-six percent would go for water storage, including dams and reservoirs. Only one percent would go for conservation and efficiency. The Natural Resources Defense Council supports Prop 1 . Restore the Delta is an environmental group that’s opposes it .
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
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.