FROM Kevin Cottrell
The Mexican Border and California's Economy The recent crack down on border security has reduced the number of crossings at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa, 99% of which are perfectly legal. Today's San Diego Union-Tribune reports a 21% drop in the past three years at San Ysidro and 24% at Otay Mesa. That’s bad for business, not just in the border towns but all of Southern California, including LA and Orange Counties. Delays at the border are costing the region billions of dollars. How bad is it? What will it take to restore business as usual on both sides of the border?
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?