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President Trump waves to the crowd at CPAC.

From President Trump rescinding federal protections for transgender students to new immigration policies to protests at town halls, this past week was a busy one in politics. In this hour, we’ll discuss the latest political news, including this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference and the election of a new Democratic National Committee chair over the weekend.

A Caltrain train pulls into the Palo Alto station.

Arguing that the South Bay’s transportation system is breaking down, the urban planning think tank SPUR released an ambitious proposal for the region Thursday. In its Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan, SPUR proposes improvements to Highway 101 and calls for Caltrain to quintuple its ridership, expand service into downtown San Francisco and upgrade infrastructure. The SPUR report follows the Trump Administration’s decision last week to suspend $647 million in funds for Caltrain’s electrification, a move the rail agency says will hinder its ability to make needed improvements. We discuss the future of Caltrain.

The Caltrain Corridor Vision Plan (Spur.org)

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives for a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray (out of frame) at the Foreign Ministry building in Mexico City on February 23, 2017.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly traveled to Mexico to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. The visit comes on the heels of rising tensions between the two countries over a border wall that President Trump insists Mexico pay for, a renegotiation of NAFTA and most recently, a tightening of U.S. deportation rules.

Donald Trump speaks during a rally in San Jose, California on June 02, 2016.

President Donald Trump has had a busy first three weeks in office, signing executive orders to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and to ban refugees from seven countries. We’ll talk with Bay Area Trump supporters to get their take on the president’s first few weeks in the White House. We’ll also hear what it’s like to be conservative in a predominantly liberal region.  And we want to hear from you: If you voted for Donald Trump, what grade would you give the president so far and why?

Interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Donna Brazile delivers remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After a bruising defeat in November, the Democratic National Committee heads to Atlanta this week to elect a new chair. It’s a key position: The winner will help rebuild the fractured party in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections. We’ll talk with California-based supporters of the two frontrunners for DNC chair, former labor secretary Tom Perez and Representative Keith Ellison.

Floodwaters surround vehicles on February 22, 2017, in San Jose, California.

After being hit by what’s being called the worst flooding in 100 years, San Jose officials called for the mandatory evacuation of about 14,000 residents on Tuesday and Wednesday. The flooding came after another round of heavy rain on Monday caused Coyote Creek, which runs through the heart of the city, to overflow unexpectedly. Some residents had to be rescued from the floodwaters by boat. City officials say the creek is now stable and no longer rising, and the areas under mandatory evacuation have reduced in size. We’ll bring you the latest on the flooding and discuss why residents in San Jose weren’t warned about the threat sooner.

Rep. Ro Khanna poses for a portrait.

Freshman Rep. Ro Khanna is not wasting any time becoming vocal in D.C. The first-generation American has said that he would risk arrest to help prevent the deportation of undocumented immigrants in his district. And Khanna called Ajit Pai, the new Federal Communications Commission Chairman,”the poster child for everything that’s wrong with Washington” for scaling back a program that helps low-income households access broadband. Khanna joins us to discuss his priorities for California’s 17th District, why he thinks the Democratic Party’s future lies in a Bernie Sanders-style populism and President Trump’s new immigration rules.

Detained immigrants are questioned after being captured by U.S. Border Patrol agents on August 16, 2016 in Roma, Texas.

The Department of Homeland Security issued new rules Tuesday broadly expanding the authority of customs and border agents to detain and deport undocumented immigrants. The rules, which implement executive orders signed by President Trump in January, prioritize removal of immigrants who have committed serious crimes as well as those who have been merely charged with crimes. The rules also prioritize deporting immigrants who have defrauded a government agency or anyone who an immigration officer thinks poses a threat to public safety. The rules also direct Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hire 10,000 more officers and expand detention facilities. We discuss the new rules and their potential impacts.

Author Roxane Gay poses for a portrait.

Roxane Gay has never shied away from writing about racism, being overweight, sexual assault or her bisexuality. Her new book of short stories, “Difficult Women,” dives deep into these same topics. She joins us to talk about her work, the language of protest and Simon & Schuster canceling Milo Yiannopoulos’ book. Gay pulled out of her deal with the publisher in January after it extended a $250,000 contract to the provocateur associated with Breitbart News.

raindrops on a window

A storm that began over the weekend has brought more torrential rain to an already saturated Northern California, with flash flood warnings across the region. The Lake Tahoe area was expecting up to five feet of snow, with an avalanche warning in effect through 7 AM Tuesday.  And at Don Pedro Reservoir near Turlock, the reservoir exceeded capacity, forcing the use of a spillway for the first time since 1997. We’ll get the latest on the most recent storm to hit the region

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with U.S. Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017

Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster will be President Trump’s new National Security Adviser, according to a White House announcement Monday. McMaster will assume the post vacated by General Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about talks he held with Russia’s ambassador. McMaster is known for his counter-terrorism expertise and criticism of President Bush’s execution of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.   We discuss how McMaster may shape foreign and national security policy under the Trump administration.

George Shultz

In November, former Secretary of State, Labor, and Treasury George P. Shultz offered this advice for President-elect Donald Trump, a man he declined to endorse: “Without allies, you won’t get anywhere.” Shultz has more advice for the new president and Congress in a new Hoover Institution publication, “Blueprint for America,” which covers everything from diplomacy to nuclear proliferation to healthcare reform. He joins us to talk about the book and his career in public life.

U.S. Congressman Eric Swalwell

Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell, who represents California’s 15th District in the East Bay, joins Forum to discuss his legislative priorities, including reducing student loan debt and fighting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. We’ll also talk to the Congressman  about his bill to set up a bipartisan commission to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election and about the fallout from the resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. The interview is the first in Forum’s series featuring Bay Area members of Congress.

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