FROM Ryan Kittell
Winter Storms Dump Water on Southern California Record amounts of rain have hit the Southland since Thursday, with three more storms expected, tonight through this coming Thursday. Meteorologists say it's a weather pattern that only happens once every 10 or 15 years. It's the kind of weather that could result in a major disaster in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, where eleven hundred miles of levees prevent flooding over an enormous area. The Army Corps of Engineers recently said many, including an eight mile stretch of the American River in Sacramento, were "unacceptable."
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?
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.
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.