Student groups are rallying and sitting in at universities throughout the state this week. In yesterday’s rally in Berkeley, students occupied a plaza that is well known for being the site of civil rights protests in the 1960’s. The rallies are affiliated with the Occupy movement, but this week California State University students at campuses in Long Beach, Los Angeles and Fullerton are protesting an issue that hits close to home -- yet another rate hike in state tuition.
This week, when the Supreme Court decided it will hear arguments over the constitutionality of the new health care law, legal watchers started salivating. Scheduled for next March, it's being characterized as one of the most important cases in the Court's history. Yesterday, C-SPAN sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts asking permission to televise the hearing. C-SPAN Chief Executive Officer, Brian Lamb wrote: "The Court's decision to schedule at least five-and-a-half hours of argument indicates the significance of this case. We ask that the Court further reflect this particular case's significance by supplementing your 'end of week audiocast' policy with live TV coverage. We believe the public interest is best served by live television coverage of this particular oral argument. It is a case which will affect every American's life, our economy, and will certainly be an issue in the upcoming presidential campaign. Additionally, a five-and-a-half hour argument begs for camera coverage -- interested citizens would be understandably challenged to adequately follow audio-only coverage of an event of this length will all the justices and various counsel participating." The letter continues by asking the justices to set aside any misgivings about cameras in the courtroom. What are those misgivings? Supreme Court scholar Lisa McElroy says the justices are worried for a number of reasons: it could alter the behavior of those in Court; it could violate the privacy and anonymity of the justices; it could risk embarrassment for the justices; it could endanger them; and they aren't comfortable with new technology.
Starry nights, storm-heavy hayfields, sky-wheeling crows and sunflowers -- we’ve come to know the artist Vincent van Gogh through his paintings. The emotional turbulence and despair that powered every brushstroke; the ever more intense palette of colors splashed across each canvas; the unspeakable loneliness that emanates from his self-portraits. In this stunning, expansive new biography, Steven Naifah and Gregory White Smith (who co-authored the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Jackson Pollock: An American Saga”) illuminate more of van Gogh’s inner life than ever before. The authors not only make extensive use of archival material from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, but also delve deeply into a new edition of the artist’s letters, published in 2009. The result is an affecting, entertaining and highly readable immersion into the life of an artistic genius whose story is even more complex than we imagined. They also reintroduce a long-rumored but mostly forgotten alternate theory of his death at age 37.
The start of the week brings a whole new list of political happenings that need mulling over: a battle of the IQ's between Trump and Rex Tillerson, Steve Bannon declaring internal "war" on the GOP, the decertification of the Iran nuclear deal, and more. We also look into the realities actors face in speaking out against major studio heads; discuss Ron Chernow's new biography with the author himself; and more.
AirTalk parses through the impact on California healthcare after President Trump announced he will stop paying subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay medical costs for low-income patients. We also preview the Dodgers’s National League Championship Series opener against the Chicago Cubs Saturday; review this week’s new releases on FilmWeek; and more.
AirTalk dives into the local implications of Trump’s executive order, which allows small businesses to buy plans that are cheaper – but provide less coverage – than plans under the ACA. We also debate the state’s revised regulations aimed to get self-driving cars on the road by June 2018; how will admitting girls to some Boy Scouts programs change both organizations?; and more.
AirTalk gets the latest from Northern California as wildfires continue to burn for a third day, leaving 17 dead and scorching more than 100,000 acres. We also explore crazy or unlikely start-up ideas after reports that Amazon is in talks to deliver packages inside your home while you are gone; where do you stand on NFL commissioner’s anthem demands?; and more.
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