Congressman Ro Khanna Interview
A conversation with Rep. Ro Khanna of California’s 17th District on GOP tax reform efforts, why he wants to see a challenger enter the ring against longtime incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and the role of social media in influencing presidential elections.

Political Analysis: Sexual Harassment in Government, GOP Tax Bill and Trump’s Asia Trip
The list of lawmakers accused of sexual harassment has been steadily growing, with Al Franken the latest addition to the roster. This week, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) introduced legislation to  require more training on Capitol Hill. We also get reaction to the GOP tax bill and discuss President Trump’s trip to Asia.

Guests:

  •         Aimee Allison, Color in Democracy president
  •         Tim Miller, Definers Public Affairs partner

Vietnam War Town Hall on the USS Hornet
Decades after the Vietnam War concluded, its legacy lingers in the hearts and minds of many in the Bay Area. KQED and the USS Hornet recently co-hosted a town hall meeting to reflect on the conflict and its aftermath, which claimed the lives of nearly 60,000 U.S. troops in Vietnam. We went to the town hall to hear from community leaders, veterans and activists.

 

Congressman Ro Khanna, GOP Tax Plan and Sexual Harrassment, USS Hornet Vietnam Town Hall 27 November,2017KQED News Staff

  • reich.jonathan

    Thuy Vu, I mean no disrespect, but you asked a leading question related to “hypocrisy among democrats.” You got the answers you wanted(?)
    Tim Miller is a typical Republican male lite, outraged that Monica Lewinsky as he says –
    “was a young woman! and he (Clinton) was president! And that is totally unacceptable in our morays today.”
    Miller is promoting a falsehood and rewriting history because most likely he was a teenager when the Lewinsky scandal occurred.
    He may never have learned that Lewinsky herself declared that theirs was a relationship between consenting adults and that she pursued him.
    She never claimed harassment.
    Lewinsky was an unmarried, 24-year-old, unpaid intern living in her mother’s luxury apartment in the Watergate. Clinton was a married, middle-aged man with a lot at risk and vicious enemies who were out to destroy him. Monica had at least as much power over the relationship as he did. She was the one who initiated the whole mess. She announced to her friends that she intended to have an affair with the President, and she did.
    However, if he wants to revisit the 90’s, let’s include the Republican men leading the effort to impeach President Clinton.
    The historic vote involved three men who were elected Speaker of the House by the Republican majority: Newt Gingrich, Bob Livingston and Dennis Hastert.
    Gingrich led the push for Clinton’s impeachment. After a disappointing election, he announced he was stepping down as Speaker and resigning from Congress. Gingrich later admitted that, while he was pushing for Clinton’s impeachment, he was engaged in an affair with a Congressional aide WHILE HIS WIFE WAS DYING OF CANCER.
    Republicans then selected Livingston to succeed him. On the day of the impeachment vote, Livingston announced he was resigning following revelations that he had had an extramarital affair and that four women said they had been involved with Mr. Livingston over the last 10 years.
    Which brings us to Hastert, who became Speaker in January 1999, and held that role while the Senate conducted their impeachment trial.
    In 2015, Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for illegally structuring payments to cover up the sexual abuse and rape of one of his male students while Hastert was a wrestling coach. In open court, a federal judge repeatedly called him a “serial child molester.”

    Oh and let’s not forget Ken Starr. When it came to consensual sex between adults in a Democratic White House, Starr knew deep in his conservative Christian bones that that the joy of sex was a crime against humanity, the constitution and American democracy.
    And yet, interestingly enough, just a few years later, as President and Chancellor of the very Baptist Baylor University in good ole Texas – and as the former Louise Morrison chair of constitutional law at Baylor University Law School – Ken Starr couldn’t quite lift his nose or head high enough to notice 31 members of the Baylor football team committing at least 52 acts of rape under his university leadership.
    In his near six years as president of the school, Ken Starr led an administration that law firm Pepper Hamilton concluded “as a whole failed” on every front to adequately address or attempt to investigate sexual assaults carried out by student athletes.
    Pepper Hamilton found that Baylor brass and Ken Starr failed to look into rape allegations by football players and failed to heed federal statutes, including Title IX and the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013.
    Under Starr’s ‘leadership’, Baylor actively discouraged “some complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes and in one instance retaliated against a complainant for reporting sexual assault.”
    Ken Starr and right-wing-Republicans like him are the biggest hypocrites of all.

    As for you Aimee Allison – you need to get your facts straight too. Clarence Thomas, even after his “high tech lynching” comments, was confirmed by the slimmest confirmation vote for a supreme court justice in history – it was the Republicans who promoted him and forced his confirmation – Biden would have been able to stop it except for the key witness who refused to testify on Hill’s behalf – (they couldn’t force her to testify) because she was afraid of the Republicans in power.
    And the Lewinsky scandal was not dismissed. Who dismissed it? News flash – Clinton was impeached.

  • Bob Swanson

    Thank you Ms. Vu for hosting this event for our Vietnam Veterans!

    According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) September 15, 2017
    release of “Veteran Suicide Statistics by State”:

    “After adjusting for
    differences in age and sex, risk for suicide was 22 percent higher among
    Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adults. After adjusting for
    differences in age, risk for suicide was 19 percent higher among male
    Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult men. After adjusting
    for differences in age, risk for suicide was 2.5 times higher among
    female Veterans when compared to U.S. non-Veteran adult women.”

    Veterans have reported that Medical Cannabis is more effective than
    currently prescribed drugs for PTSD. Congress must wake up to the needs
    of our veterans and remove Cannabis as a schedule 1 drug. Congress must
    pave the way and fund the research that is desperately needed to protect
    our veterans lives. ACT NOW!

    See the current PTSD work of Dr. Sue Sisley:

    https://www.maps.org/research/mmj/marijuana-us

    https://youtu.be/e5g0tnTOCwU

    Bob Swanson,

    Vietnam Veteran

    Castro Valley Ca.

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