FROM Tom Ammiano
Is it Time to Cease Fire in the War on Drugs? As a US Senator, Barack Obama said, “The war on drugs is an utter failure.” Many narcotics agents, prosecutors and judges agree. New York may repeal tough anti-drug laws. The federal government may stop raids in states that have legalized medical marijuana. That’s now California’s top crop, and there’s a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana for state revenue during hard times. Three former South American presidents are among those who’ve asked the US for a “paradigm shift” in the so-called “war.” Would ending the “war” take the profit out of crime, violence and increased addiction, or would it be like fighting a fire with napalm? We hear a debate that’s coming out of the shadows.
Is It Time to Cease Fire in the War on Drugs? As a US Senator, Barack Obama said, "The war on drugs is an utter failure." Many narcotics agents, prosecutors and judges agree. New York may repeal tough anti-drug laws. The federal government may stop raids in states that have legalized medical marijuana. That's now California's top crop, and there's a proposal to regulate and tax marijuana for state revenue during hard times. Three former South American presidents are among those who've asked the US for a "paradigm shift" in the so-called war. Would ending it take the profit out of crime, violence and increased addiction, or would it be like fighting a fire with napalm? We hear a debate that's coming out of the shadows.
San Francisco Becomes First US City to Guarantee Healthcare San Francisco is "different" from other American cities in many ways. Its population of 750,000 lives in a compact area, city and county governments are one and the same, and the political culture is unique. Now, San Francisco is different in a new way. It's the first American city to promise healthcare for all its residents—whether or not they are citizens. " Healthy San Francisco " began as a pilot program in Chinatown two months ago. On Monday, it will spread to 20 locations citywide. The hope is to provide free healthcare to 82,000 people without health insurance--without raising taxes. Supervisor Tom Ammiano is the sponsor of the plan.
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.
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?
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.