FROM Eric Tars
UN Says Sacramento Violating Human Rights of Homeless Mayor Kevin Johnson has been warned by the United Nations that Sacramento may be violating the Declaration of Human Rights . An investigator who visited last year found that the city was evicting homeless people from "tent cities" and denying them access to safe drinking water and sanitation. We speak with a man who's taken it upon himself to haul human waste away from a tent city in plastic bags, so residents — especially women — can relieve themselves with a modicum of dignity. We also hear from a homeless advocate and from one of the organizers of the UN inspection.
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
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.