FROM Katie Orr
Effective Opposition or Sour Grapes? The idea of a “town hall” is as old as colonial America. At GOP-hosted town halls since the election of President Trump… protesters continue to shout down their representatives and demand action. Is this part of an organized movement… or simply lingering frustrations from the general election?
Anti-Vaxers Appeal to the Voters As classes begin again in the public schools, it's the last year when California parents can opt out of vaccinating their children based on personal beliefs or religious convictions. Some angry parents want voters to repeal the toughest law of its kind in the nation. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez met with some vaccination skeptics. He reports that many parents are skeptical about the pharmaceutical industry — and that skepticism is rising as the number of recommended vaccines has increased.
Parents Protest Vaccine Bill State lawmakers are trying to pass a bill that would make vaccinations mandatory in the state and they’re getting some serious pushback. Right now, parents can opt out of vaccinations for a variety of “personal beliefs.” SB 277 would allow only medical exemptions for childhood vaccinations. A crucial vote takes place tomorrow .
Leland Yee Leland Yee, a Democratic state senator from San Francisco, was arrested today in an FBI corruption investigation. His is only one of a string of arrests across San Francisco that have also netted infamous Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow. Senator Yee is the third Democratic Senator this year to be targeted by the FBI’s ongoing corruption investigation. He is also running for Secretary of State.
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?
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?
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?