FROM Jorge-Mario Cabrera
Can't a Republican Get Any Peace? Internet moguls and evangelicals, big business and organized labor are among the odd bedfellows pushing Republicans in Congress to vote for immigration reform. Instead of waiting until the end of the August recess, the campaign is being stepped up. This morning, a caravan of 100 cars and four buses left Dodger Stadium for the office of Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in Bakersfield. One organizer was CHIRLA , the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles. McCarthy and other Republican leaders favor a step-by-step approach that emphasizes border security, but he's still getting heat from groups like Californians for Population Stabilization .
New Policy Offers Relief for Illegal Immigrant Youth As we discussed in our 'Making News' segment, President Obama has ordered a major change in American immigration policy , partial implementation of the so-called "Dream Act." The President's blocking of the deportations of hundreds of thousands of young illegal immigrants brought to the country as children ends a years-long standoff with Latino advocates who are crucial to the President's re-election campaign.
Third Day of Protest after Police Kill Manuel Jamines Chief Charlie Beck and other officials planned to attend a community meeting tonight in Westlake, the MacArthur Park neighborhood where an officer shot and killed Manuel Jamines on Sunday after they say he threatened them with a knife. Police in riot gear arrested 22 protesters last night and four the night before. We get two perspectives.
Los Angeles Police Chief Promises Full Investigation after Officers Charge Demonstrators During yesterday’s immigrants’ rights marches, 25,000 people demonstrated peacefully for several hours in downtown LA. But in MacArthur Park toward the end of the day, the scene turned ugly. Police say people not associated with the marches were throwing rocks and plastic bottles. Eight adults and one juvenile were arrested; 15 officers were injured and at least 15 civilians were hospitalized. At City Hall late this afternoon, there was a news conference with several city officials. They promised three investigations: two by the LAPD and one by the Inspector General of the Mayor’s appointed Police Commission.
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.
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.
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?