FROM Kathy Hoang
Increased Minimum Wage: A Workplace Reality or Political Dream? Local politicians are being congratulated for raising the minimum wage. Some 700,000 workers will be entitled to $10.50 an hour next year and $15 by the year 2020. But that doesn't mean they'll get it.
Increased Minimum Wage: A Workplace Reality or Political Dream? The political battle over raising the minimum wage is over. In Los Angeles, that's supposed to mean $10.50 an hour as soon as next year and $15 by the year 2020. But it's likely to take a long time before reality can catch up to expectations. Consider the people who work in local restaurants.
The Challenges of Making LA's Minimum Wage a Reality On Saturday, Mayor Garcetti plans to sign a measure the City Council passed almost unanimously. It will make Los Angeles America’s biggest city to raise the minimum wage. Starting at $9 an hour, it will rise to $15 by the year 2020. Predictions of what will happen next are opposed diametrically.
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.
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?
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.