Evaluating Trump's AG Pick, Unrest in Mexico, A Homeless Crisis in The Golden State
January 9, 2017•42 min
Coming up on today's show: On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin to hold confirmation hearings for Senator Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general. Janai Nelson, associate director-counsel of NAACP Legal, and J.D. Gordon, a former Pentagon spokesman and security and foreign policy advisor to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, examine Sessions' record. On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump announced that he would appoint his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as senior White House advisor. Norm Eisen, President Obama's White House ethics czar from 2009 to 2011 and a fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, weighs in on the potential conflicts of interest facing Kushner and Trump. A double digit increase in gas prices has led to looting and protests in Mexico, and the Trump Administration’s plans to put more economic pressure on Mexico could make the situation worse and the border more difficult to protect. Elisabeth Malkin, Mexico reporter for our partners at The New York Times, weighs in. Officials estimates there are at least 6,700 homeless people living in San Francisco. The mayor and city leaders have tried lots of things to combat homelessness, but the city's homeless population has remained steady for a decade. Why has nothing worked? Kevin Fagan, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle specializing in homelessness, weighs in. The new mayor of Sacramento, California has big plans for reducing homelessness and addressing mental health issues. Many are optimistic about what he’ll accomplish, but there’s still plenty standing in his way. Darrell Steinberg, the new mayor of Sacramento, discusses his plan today on The Takeaway. Today The Takeaway examines the story of Phillip Chance, a black man who died November 8th in an Alabama hospital. His decades-long journey through the criminal justice system is an epic story of missed opportunities, political grandstanding, and bad timing. Andrew Cohen, commentary editor at The Marshall Project, and Jade Chance, Phillip's eldest daughter, weigh in.