FROM Jeremy B. White
A Change to Regulating California? This week comes a push to do something about those state agencies that are responsible for regulating and overseeing companies, whose environmental records have been less than stellar… even, perhaps, criminal.
Is Mandatory Vaccination in California's Future? Personal, moral or religious exemptions won’t be allowed if Governor Brown signs a bill passed today by the State Assembly. The Senate originated the measure , which would require vaccination of all children entering kindergarten. It passed both houses by big margins, but opponents plan a court challenge and, possibly, a referendum. First, it has to go to Governor Brown. Jeremy White covers the Capitol for the Sacramento Bee .
Public Health and Public Outrage The anti-vaccination movement may be small in number, but it has enough angry people to pack hearing rooms in Sacramento, where Senate Bill 277 is under consideration. Last week, after hours of blistering testimony, the Senate Education Committee agreed to delay the measure. Now it has been amended, and today it passed by a vote of 7 to 2 — with no public input allowed.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
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?
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.