FROM Fabian Nunez
Bipartisanship in Sacramento in an Election Year? California has a Republican Governor and Democrats controlling both the Assembly and Senate . For the last two years, that's meant a sort of continuing gridlock, but this year is different. The state budget was passed before the new fiscal year, which hasn't happened since 2000. A massive public works program was approved for November's ballot--on a bipartisan basis. In the next four weeks, it appears at least possible that the legislature will pass--and the Governor will sign--proposals on global warming, the minimum wage and lowering the prices of prescription drugs. So what about Schwarzenegger 's opponent in this year's re-election campaign. If bipartisanship is the rule in Sacramento, can Phil Angelides get a foothold? We hear from a major player and some political pros.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
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.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?