FROM Ryan Bell
City Council Passes Responsible Banking Ordinance Two days after JP Morgan Chase announced its $2 billion loss from risky trading, the New York and Los Angeles City Councils passed so-called responsible-banking ordinances. In LA, it was the result of a three-year effort by City Councilman Richard Alarcón. The vote in favor of Alarcón's measure was unanimous.
Local Churches Divest from Big Banks Today, a group of local church leaders called LA Voice told Wells Fargo and Bank of America they were divesting their money. At Third and Hope Street outside B of A, KCRW's Saul Gonzalez spoke with former Obama White House aide Van Jones (at right), now president and co-founder of an activist group called Rebuild the Dream . We hear more from the Reverend Doctor Ryan Bell, senior pastor at the Hollywood Adventist Church and member of the Pico National Clergy Leadership Council . Segment image: Van Jones was one the speakers at today's rally involving activists and members of the clergy. Photo by Saul Gonzalez
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?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
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.