FROM Margarita Fernandez
Audit Shows State Lands Commission Left Lease Money on the Table A state audit released yesterday shows that California has lost more than $8 million because of private companies that are not paying rent on state-owned land. The State Lands Commission, which is charged with collecting lease money, acknowledges the lost funds but claims that staff cuts have hampered their ability to conduct the necessary audits and appraisals of the land. We hear more from Margarita Fernandez, Chief of Public Affairs for the California State Auditor, and from Curtis Fossum, Executive Director of the California State Lands Commission.
More Upheaval at LA's Department of Children and Family Services There's more trouble for Los Angeles County over the deaths of children from abuse and neglect, while they're under supervision by the Department of Children and Family Services . For the third time in nine months, a director of has resigned, as the County is defying a state subpoena for departmental records.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
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?