FROM Ted Boutrous
A Look Back at the Legal Battle over Prop 8 On today's To the Point we heard about today's arguments before the US Supreme Court, which is being asked to throw out laws against same-sex marriage in four states. In 2008, California voters approved Prop 8 , which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman. Prop 8 then went on a long and tortured journey through the federal courts . Ted Boutrous, with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, represented same-sex plaintiffs in a case that overturned it.
Bad Teachers, Minority Students and the Constitution It's now up to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu to decide a case brought by Students Matter , a group funded by Silicon Valley businessman David Welch. He hired two nationally known attorneys to represent nine mostly minority kids, claiming California's teacher protection laws give some students a better education than others. One witness was LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy, who compared a school in Encino to one in South Los Angeles by observing, "we have not struck down the wall of educational apartheid in this country."
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.
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.
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?
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.