FROM Mark Whitlock, Jr
Charleston Killings Hit a Nerve in Los Angeles The violent racism that appears to have spurred a gunman to attack Emmanuel First AME Church has Americans trying to come to terms with what it means for race relations in 2015. We hear from Angelinos in this special live edition of Which Way, LA?
AME in Los Angeles Vigils were held across the country last night for the shooting victims at the Emanuel Church in Charleston. There was also a vigil at the First AME Church in South L.A., the oldest church founded by African-Americans in Southern California, and another at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine. That’s one of the newest AME churches. We hear from its leader about how people here are reacting to the shooting in South Carolina and if they have any concerns about safety here.
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.
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?