FROM Dean Vogel
Will Parents Ever Be Able to Pull the "Trigger?" The so-called "Parent Trigger" has failed again. That's the name of a new law providing that parents of kids in a failing school can initiate reforms, from replacing half the staff to converting the school to a charter. The signatures of 51 percent of the parents are required. But first in Compton, then last night in the Mojave Desert town of Adelanto, elected school boards have rejected such efforts.
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?
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.
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.