Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Justice Department Watchdog Says No Bias in Trump-Russia Probe

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard from the Justice Department’s top watch dog, in a hearing on the FBI’s investigation of the Trump-Russia probe. President Donald Trump and his Republican supporters have blasted the investigation as a politically motivated “witch hunt.” The Justice Department’s Inspector General says he found no bias or political motives in the investigation.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Pelosi Announces USMCA Trade Deal Minutes After Impeachment Announcement

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced a trade deal to replace NAFTA. The US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement has been a top legislative priority for President Donald Trump. Pelosi says the new deal is a far cry from what the Trump administration had proposed, with stronger protections for labor and the environment. Meanwhile, Trump is calling the deal “the silver lining to impeachment.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, December 9, 2019

9-Hour Judiciary Hearing Paves Way for Impeachment

The House Judiciary Committee has held its second, and likely last, hearing before it moves on to drafting articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The committee held a heated hearing, where it received a 300-page report from the House Intelligence Committee on evidence in the Trump-Ukraine impeachment inquiry. A Democratic witness supported impeachment, calling President Trump’s actions “a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections and to our national security.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Kings River Water Users Fight for Water Rights

A battle over water rights to the Kings River has erupted in the Central Valley between farmers and other water users in the Kings River watershed and an immense Kern County water district to the South.... Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Castro, Booker Call for Diversity in Democratic Primary

Now that California Senator Kamala Harris has dropped out of the Democratic primary race for president, the next presidential debate could well be an all-white affair. That’s not OK with Latino candidate Julian Castro and African American candidate Cory Booker. They say the Democratic party needs a diverse field to empower minority voters and, ultimately, beat Donald Trump in the general election.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Judiciary Committee Hears Legal Scholars on Impeachment

The impeachment investigation has kicked into a new phase, with the first, and possibly last, hearing in the House Judiciary committee. The hearing drew testimony from four constitutional law professors who addressed the issue of whether President Donald Trump’s actions in the Ukraine matter rise to the level of impeachable “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Appeals Court Hears Challenge to Trump's Asylum Transit Rule

A federal appeals court in San Francisco is considering a challenge to a Trump asylum rule that opponents say could effectively end asylum protections for all but the rich. At issue is a Trump Administration rule that would bar asylum seekers from filing their claims if they travel through another country without seeking asylum that country. Lawyers made their arguments before a three- judge panel of the Federal Appeals Court for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Activists Call for Worker Protections in Trade Deal

Negotiations on a US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement are ramping up, with a possible vote later this year or early 2020. But some Democratic lawmakers, unions and other activists are calling for stronger protections for workers, especially in the wake of recent murders and a disappearance of Mexican trade unionists.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

UN Report Urges Quick Action to Avoid Climate Catastrophe

The world is accelerating toward a climate disaster unless nations quickly ramp up their efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the conclusion of the newly released “10th Emissions Gap Report” from the United Nations Environment Program.
Christopher Martinez reports.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Sunrise Activists Push Green New Deal Housing Bill

Climate youth activists in the “Sunrise Movement” are calling on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to support the first legislative bill in the Green New Deal climate change package. The activists tried, and failed, to meet with California representative Pelosi’s staff in San Francisco.
Christopher Martinez reports.