FROM Dale Kasler
Detroit's Bankruptcy Ruling Could Have a Big Impact in California The gold-plated promise used to be that a career in government meant a guaranteed safe and sound pension. Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that bankrupt Detroit could cut its municipal pension plans . What will that mean for Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino, California cities that have declared bankruptcy? Dale Kasler is business and economics reporter at the Sacramento Bee .
CalPERS Investigating $50 Million Paid to Former Board Member California largest public retirement system, CalPERS , stands to lose $500 million on a New York real estate deal that's about to go bust. Other potential losers are the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and the Church of England. The State Teachers' Retirement System has already written off $100 million. Dale Kasler covers business and economics for the Sacramento Bee .
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.