FROM Ben Adler
A review of Tuesday's California governor debate The top six gubernatorial candidates squared off Tuesday night in what’s likely to be the final major debate before the June 5 primary. Four Democrats and two Republicans fielded questions about the state’s growing housing crisis, sanctuary state law, and their extramarital affairs.
Will California listen to The White House, deploy the National Guard? President Donald Trump says he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. The Republican governors of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona have all cheered Trump’s decision. But conversations between the administration and Governor Jerry Brown’s office are said to be “sensitive," and Brown himself has been uncharacteristically silent.
Will California will be a sanctuary state? And other history-making bills in the legislature Tonight’s the deadline for the California legislature to pass several bills, including the sanctuary state bill and a measure that would raise hundreds of millions of dollars for affordable housing. There’s also a bill that would let you choose your gender on your driver’s license.
A Change to Regulating California? This week comes a push to do something about those state agencies that are responsible for regulating and overseeing companies, whose environmental records have been less than stellar… even, perhaps, criminal.
A Melting Climate Change Bill Governor Brown’s push to make California a worldwide leader in fighting climate change suffered two major defeats this week. Joining KCRW's Steve Chiotakis to discuss these developments are Ben Adler, Capitol Bureau Chief at Capital Public Radio, and David Siders, who covers state politics and the Brown administration for The Sacramento Bee.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.