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.”
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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.
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.