FROM John Sepulvado
Trump administration chooses 'catch and release' over 'zero tolerance' The Trump administration is backing away from its “zero tolerance” immigration policy. It says it will not hold migrant families indefinitely, but instead release and monitor the parents with ankle bracelets. This comes after a federal judge in LA rejected the administration’s attempts to hold families indefinitely. And a federal judge in San Diego has ordered the government to reunite the roughly 3000 children taken from their families by the end of July.
'It hurts to breathe:' Scenes from Ojai as fires rage on For the third day fires are ravaging Southern California, and there’s not much relief in sight. The worst is in Ventura County, where the Thomas Fire has burned around 100,000 acres. It’s spread north to Ojai, where most schools are closed, and evacuation orders are in place.
Free speech on campus: Racism and public safety Last weekend's deadly violence at the University of Virginia is considered a "victory" by strategists for the so-called alt-right. It was no accident that the "Unite the Right" rally was staged on a university campus by white nationalists trying to grow their movement. From the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to UC Berkeley, they're looking for young leaders disillusioned and angry about politics and economics. Colleges and universities are committed to free speech -- whatever the message. So, it's hard to keep speakers off campus — even if there's potential for violence. We look at the strategy of white supremacists and the muted response from leaders of higher education.
Prosecution of wildlife refuge takeover A jury acquitted seven people accused of leading an armed takeover of Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge yesterday. Ammon and Ryan Bundy, sons of cattle rancher Cliven Bundy, were among the leaders. The Bundy family has become the face of a national movement that wants the federal government to relinquish control over its western lands.
Resolution to Standoff at Oregon Wildlife Refuge? The armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon is almost over. Three of the last four occupiers surrendered to the FBI today. As we go to air, the fourth, David Fry, is reportedly refusing to leave. John Sepulvado, Weekend Edition Host for Oregon Public Broadcasting , has the latest.
Oregon Standoff Leaders Arrested, One Dead after Shootout It's been almost a month since armed militants occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southern Oregon, but state and federal officials are cracking down. One man was killed last night during a traffic stop by state highway police. Security around the Refuge has been tightened. John Sepulvado is covering developments for Oregon Public Broadcasting .
Anti-Government Militia Continues Oregon Occupation For three days, armed protesters have been occupying a building on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Southeast Oregon. They've set up a roadblock and stationed armed guards in a tower used to spot wildfires on the federal preserve. The local sheriff says he doesn't plan to take action. The FBI is "monitoring" the situation. We hear about what's turning into a crisis for law enforcement from John Sepulvado, who is covering the story for Oregon Public Broadcasting , and Heidi Beirick, intelligence project director at the Southern Poverty Law Center . Ammon Bundy, 2014 Photo by Gage Skidmore
The Bergdahl Exchange, a Soft Economy, and Dowd Gets Baked The Bergdahl exchange raises questions about the Taliban, looking at the real state of the US economy, and Maureen Dowd gets really high in Colorado.
Can the US and Pakistan Mend an Uneasy Alliance President Obama and Pakistan's new Prime Minister met yesterday in hopes of strengthening an alliance complicated by nuclear weapons, terrorism and a lack of mutual trust.
Two Economies, Immigration, Syria, and Second Term Woes The Syrian ‘red line’ seems to have moved. Are good job numbers really that good? Congress looks again at immigration reform. And is Obama blowing his second term?
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?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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.