FROM Michael Doyle
California Congressman Kevin McCarthy's report card After the failure of the GOP’s attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, there’s been much talk about deep fractures in the Republican party. One of the men tasked with healing those wounds is House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who represents Bakersfield. We find out how his legislative agenda is and is not working.
The Farm Bill and Its Impact on California In a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress passed a five-year farm bill today with the Senate expected to follow suit. It's been stalled for two years and it authorizes almost a trillion dollars for farm subsidies and nutrition programs. We hear from a reporter who's been following the story and from the owner of a family farm.
The Impact of Federal Budget Cuts on California The federal budget bill that still awaits final approval on Friday is 459 pages long, and nowhere does the word "California" appear, but this state accounts for about 10 percent of federal spending. Federal cuts will hit hardest at the people who depend the most on public support. We hear from housing, health, environmental and legal advocates.
Supreme Court to Hear Schwarzenegger's Appeal on Prisoner Release The US Supreme Court has agreed to consider Governor Schwarzenegger's request to block the court-ordered release of 40,000 inmates from overcrowded prisons. Michael Doyle reports on the court for the McClatchy Newspapers .
California Legislators Split over Bailout Package After Congress failed to pass the much-compromised Wall Street rescue today, the Dow took its biggest single point-drop in history—777 points. Speaker Nancy Pelosi blamed Republicans for the bill's failure, but no less than half of California's Democratic Caucus also voted "no."
Supreme Court Shoots Down DC Gun Ban For the first time in history, the US Supreme Court has ruled that the Second Amendment protects the right of individual Americans to own guns. The court split five to four, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the majority. Michael Doyle covers the court for the McClatchy Newspapers .
Immigration Bill Update In Washington, debate has begun on the enormously complicated and controversial immigration reform worked out by a bipartisan committee. California farmers and the United Farm Workers Union both like its look.
If the Democrats Take Congress, What Will It Mean for California? As NPR has been reporting, the Democrats are coming on strong, and there’s a chance that leadership of the Congress may change hands. That means Republicans from Southern California would lose their powerful committee chairmanships. But California also has Democrats in waiting, with enough seniority to get powerful jobs of their own. Meantime, Governor Schwarzenegger and Democratic leaders broke partisan precedent and joined forces to put Propositions 1A , B , C , D and E on the ballot. Does this mean cooperation will be the rule next year in Sacramento?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
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?
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?
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?