FROM Michael Finnegan
A look into Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels' lawyer Not many people knew the name Michael Avenatti before he became the lawyer representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in a lawsuit against President Trump. Avenatti is now everywhere -- from frequent TV appearances to outspoken posts on social media. We take a closer look at the Orange County attorney.
The LA Mayor’s Race Four candidates for Mayor of Los Angeles held the latest in a series of debates that seems endless to political junkies. Three of the five candidates for Mayor of LA have served on the City Council and one holds a citywide office. But the fact remains that the candidates are not well-known to the voters. Tonight we’ll talk with political reporters about who they are, what they’re talking about and who’s got the money. Are polls at this stage believable?
CA's Troubling Budget, LACCD's 'Shoddy Fiscal Mismanagement' Governor Brown and the legislature balanced next year's budget based on projections of how much revenue will be coming in. If those projections are off by a billion dollars, massive cuts will be automatically triggered in higher education, healthcare and other services. State Controller John Chiang says revenues for July were off by $539 million , more than half way to trigger point. Chiang has also issued a blistering critique of the Los Angeles Community College District, which he points out is the biggest thing of its kind in the nation with 250,000 students on campuses in 36 cities. He accuses the district of "shoddy fiscal management" of such magnitude it "will undermine the public's trust and threaten billions of public dollars." What's the worst of it?
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?
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.
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.
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.