FROM Herb Wesson
The Continuing Saga of the State Budget Governor Schwarzenegger has made good on his threat to fire part-time workers and cut 200,000 full-time salaries down to the minimum wage. As that battle rages, Democrats and Republicans reportedly plan to help balance the budget by taking money from city and county governments. The money will have to be paid back in three years—with interest. But the borrowing means cuts in the meantime. We look at the consequences of cuts at the DMV and other agencies. Are political leaders once again putting off the day of reckoning? When will taxpayers be asked if they're willing to pay for the education, medical care and other services they demand?
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.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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?