FROM Howard Berman
Berman and Sherman Together Again on 'WWLA' One of this year's nastiest and most expensive campaigns for Congress is taking place in the West San Fernando Valley. Veteran Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman have been forced to compete for the newly drawn 30th District. They've spent more than $10 million, exchanged insults, and, in a now-infamous televised moment, almost come almost to blows. As Berman and Sherman struggle down to the wire, Eric Bauman, head of the LA County Democratic Party, offers a description. "Sherman is visible and present in the district and totally keyed in on the local concerns and issues." He describes Berman as being "on the national and international stage and…a leader in Washington and on foreign affairs."
A Race for Congress with a New and Different Look In the race for the 30th Congressional District, registration is 49 percent Democratic, 25 percent Republican and 21 percent Independent. Under new state rules, two Democrats and two Republicans are running in same June primary. The top two vote-getters will be in the November runoff — even if they’re in the same party. The Democrats are two veterans of Congress now in the same district because of new district boundaries: A tax lawyer and accountant, Brad Sherman, first elected in 1997, is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Financial Services Committees. Attorney Howard Berman, first elected in 1982, is a former chair, now ranking-member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Republicans Susan Shelley, former associate producer of the game show Jeopardy, is the author of The 37th Amendment, a novel about due process. Republican Mark Reed is an actor, small businessman and rancher.
Nobel Peace Prize Winner on US Terrorist Watch List On five occasions in 2005, Edward Kennedy was not allowed to board planes going home to Massachusetts because the Senator's name resembled an alias of a suspected terrorist. Nelson Mandela, who was released from prison in 1990 and went on to lead South Africa's democratic government, has also been flagged as a potential terrorist. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she's "embarrassed" that members of that country's ruling party still get the same kind of treatment. Democratic Congressman Howard Berman chairs the Committee on Foreign Relations .
New Bill to Redeploy Troops if Bush Fails to Meet Own Goals Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other House leaders have a new strategy to unite their party around a new law that could bring US troops home by the end of this year. It's the brainchild of Los Angeles Democrat Howard Berman, an original war supporter, who says it would hold President Bush accountable for his recent increase of troops .
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?
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.