FROM Jon Healey
Airbnb and the 'Sharing Economy' One consequence of Internet technology is what's called the "shared economy." One example is called Airbnb , a service based in San Francisco that connects people who want to rent rooms with people looking for places to stay. The Neighborhood Council in LA's Silver Lake District says it's time to stop.
LA to Vote on Measure L: Who Hates Libraries? All Los Angeles City Libraries are now closed two days a week. It's the first time in 140 years that not even one library is open everyday. The Mayor and City Council have the authority to give them more money, but they're asking voters to do it — without raising taxes. LA Police Chief Charlie Beck supports Measure L , but the Police Protective League is opposed because it might mean less for the LAPD. Local newspapers, the League of Women Voters and the Chamber of Commerce are also opposing Measure L. But some budget hawks are all for it. We hear from both sides.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.