FROM Robin Abcarian
Parallels between James Comey's testimony and sexual harassment case Following James Comey’s testimony, a handful of columns were published comparing James Comey to a victim of sexual harassment. LA Times columnist Robin Abcarian says any working woman can identify with James Comey. She writes, “The former FBI director’s boss tried to seduce him. When the seduction failed, his boss fired him.”
California Gun Laws Are Strict, but Do They Work? California has the toughest gun controls in the country. That means universal background checks, waiting periods and handguns that stamp bullet cartridges so law enforcement can identify the weapons that fire them. What the laws don't mean is prevention of mass shootings like last week's massacre in San Bernardino. So, what good are they doing?
Cheerleader Rights Earlier this month, the Oakland Raiders offered to double their cheerleaders’ pay. It’s hardly a king’s ransom. The team is offering the Raiderettes minimum wage. They’d also get overtime and some expense money. There are no changes to the work rules spelled out in the Raiderettes’ handbook, which reads like it was written back in the days of Mad Men.
Monica Lewinsky Gives Her Past a Purpose in Vanity Fair Monica Lewinsky says she hasn't been heard from in public for ten years. In the May issue of Vanity Fair she says, "The buzz in some circles has been that the Clinton's must have paid me off" — adding that "nothing could be further from the truth." She says she picked this moment to go public after the suicide of a young man whose photo kissing another man went viral reminded her of her of the "shame, scorn and fear" she felt when her relationship to then-President Bill Clinton was revealed. Robin Abcarian is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times .
The Military's Sexual Predator Problem Since the Pentagon announced that sexual assaults in the military have increased by 35 percent between 2010 and 2012, there's been plenty of outrage. President Obama promised , "We're not going tolerate this stuff, and there will be accountability." But on Sunday, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinksi, the head of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response in the Air Force, was arrested for drunkenly approaching a woman in a parking lot and grabbing her breasts and buttocks. Robin Abcarian is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times , who's written about the issue since the Tailhook scandal in the 1990's.
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?
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.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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?