FROM Susan Lerner
Campaign Reform Advocates Disagree on Reforms Last week's passage of Measure R demonstrated that LA voters care about ethics reform. Yesterday, the city's Ethics Commission passed new limits on campaign spending . They will be considered by the City Council, but in the meantime, one Commission member says it's being " loved to death " by people who say they share the same goals. He writes, "Spare us from the reformers. Give me a cynical old pol who at least keeps his or her word." We hear both sides.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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?