FROM Gerald Uelmen
Jerry Brown Reshapes the California Supreme Court When he was first Governor in the 1970’s, Jerry Brown appointed the first woman, first Latino and first black to the State Supreme Court. Two of them were later recalled by the voters. In his third term as Governor, he appointed two law professors, but he waited until after election to his fourth term this month before naming a successor to retiring Justice Joyce Kennard . Now he’s chosen a young, African-American woman, Leondra Kruger , a deputy assistant attorney general in the Obama Administration. Gerald Uelmen, a law professor at Santa Clara University and student of the judiciary, calls the appointment a “mind blower.”
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.
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?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
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.