FROM Kirk Siegler
Executive Order puts Antiquity Act under scrutiny Cedar Mesa Citadel Ruins at Bears Ears National Monument Photo courtesy Bureau of Land Management The 1906 Antiquities Act allows presidents to protect public lands and create national monuments. Presidents Clinton and Obama used that power to enrich their legacies by designating hundreds of thousands of acres. Now President Trump wants to go in the other direction . Kirk Siegler, who covers the West for National Public Radio , says the change is more about opposition to the federal government making decisions for states about use and management of public lands.
FBI Releases Video of Fatal Shooting of Oregon Occupier FBI has released video showing the shooting death of Robert "LaVoy" Finicum, who was often a spokesman for the armed occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. Footage shot from a helicopter shows him getting out of an SUV after pulling off into the show to avoid a law enforcement barricade on a rural highway. Kirk Siegler with NPR joins us from Burns, Oregon.
One Small Step toward Housing the Homeless The LA City Council today made good on an eight-week-old promise. It declared a " shelter crisis ," designed to pave the way to temporary housing for some 19,000 people who sleep on the streets of the city. We hear from a reporter covering the story, a councilman who put forth the plan, and from homeowners and advocates for the homeless.
Is LA Criminalizing Homelessness? The Los Angeles City Council this week gave the city more power to dismantle homeless encampments. That’s despite the loud objections of homeless advocates. About a dozen protesters disrupted Tuesday’s City Council meeting, calling the rules “criminal” until security officers escorted them out.
West Coast Ports Empty as Labor Dispute Boils Over Twenty-nine West Coast ports that handle almost half all US trade—and 70% of all imports from Asia—were closed yesterday and they’ll be closed again during the upcoming long weekend. A contract dispute could have major impact across the country. Kirk Siegler covers the Western US for NPR.
The Ports Are All Backed Up There’s a crisis at the nation’s West Coast ports. An ongoing dispute between longshoremen and shipping companies has led to a suspension of unloading cargo ships. That means huge boats are sitting just offshore, waiting to unload containers filled with products from Asia. And goods from California – that are supposed to be shipped out – are languishing on the docks.
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?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
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.