FROM Matthew Yi
Governor's Budget Plan Threatens Stimulus Funds Robert Reich, former President Clinton's Secretary of Labor, says "states are actively erasing half of the federal stimulus" by reducing services. Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to fix the budget may put $10 billion at risk. That's according to Matthew Yi, who reports from Sacramento for the San Francisco Chronicle .
Governor Gives His Side of the Story on the Budget Stand-off Yesterday, the Democrats who lead the state Assembly and Senate said they'd given up on budget negotiations with Governor Schwarzenegger. They said every time they made a concession he'd move the goal posts and demand something new. Today, the Governor told his side of the story , as Matthew Yi reports from Sacramento for the San Francisco Chronicle .
Schwarzenegger Drops State Employee Pay, Fires 22,000 Temps The Department of Motor Vehicles has cut waiting times in half by hiring part-time workers. Today, Governor Schwarzenegger ordered those workers laid off . He also ordered that some 200,000 full-time salaried state workers be cut back to the federal minimum wage. As he did on this program last week, Controller John Chiang says he'll defy the Governor and send out checks as usual at the end of August.
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?
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.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?