FROM Ed Levine
School Reform Bill on Fast-Track in Sacramento Mayor Villaraigosa says that dropout rates and low achievement show that the LA Unified School District is failing. He claims that the Mayors of New York, Chicago and Boston have demonstrated that accountability in just one elected official can put public schools on the road to reform and improvement. His bill to shake up the system is on a fast track in Sacramento, with one Democratic Senator saying her leaders told her to vote for the bill even though she has reservations. The Legislature's own legal counsel says it may be unconstitutional and some elected school board members promise to sue if it's enacted and signed by the Governor. Is it a power grab by the Mayor and the teachers' union?
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.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.
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.