FROM Eric de Place
Big money, small elections Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington Photo by Walter Siegmund Off-year local elections in the Pacific Northwest are normally quiet affairs, but today's big issues put small campaigns on the political map. The governor of Washington State wants to lead the fight against climate change, and that's focused attention on three local elections. The results could impact "fracked" oil from North Dakota, long-distance oil shipments by railroad and state policy on climate change. Billionaire activists are spending big money on one side — with major oil companies on the other. We find out why these political races are so important in the fight over climate change.
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.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.