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2. California Congressman Tom McClintock on the "Flimsy" Case for Impeachment
As a Republican member of Congress on the House Judiciary Committee, Tom McClintock has been on the front lines of recent impeachment proceedings. During Monday's hearings McClintock accused democrats of exercising a "stunning abuse of power" and said their refusal to respect the will of the voters threatens to collapse democracy "into chaos". McClintock has served a decade in Congress, representing California's 4th district which spans the Sierra Nevada from Truckee to the Sequoia National Forest. Forum talks to the congressman about impeachment and his legislative priorities.
3. Strengthening Marriage Through 'Sleep Divorce'
Whether for a better night's rest or because of conflicting schedules, some couples are choosing to sleep in separate beds or bedrooms — a phenomenon some call "sleep divorce." A 2019 survey of 3,000 Americans nationwide found that 30% of respondents would prefer to consistently sleep apart from their respective partners. We'll talk with experts about the benefits and disadvantages of co-sleeping. And we want to hear from you: do you share a bed with your partner? Why or why not?
4. Lawsuit Alleges SAT and ACT Violate Civil Rights of California Students
Two lawsuits filed Tuesday on behalf of the Compton Unified School District claim that the University of California violates state civil rights law by requiring the SAT or ACT for admission. The suits allege that these standardized tests discriminate against students who are low-income, disabled, multilingual and underrepresented minorities. We'll talk about the lawsuit and what might happen if the 10-campus UC system drops its testing requirements.
7. House Judiciary Committee Approves Articles of Impeachment
The House Judiciary committee concludes its debate of the two articles of impeachment drafted against President Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress Thursday. Committee members are expected to vote along party lines following the debate, which would then move the articles to the House floor for a vote next week. We'll discuss the latest developments.
8. Conservatives Set to Gain Majority in UK Election, Paving Way for Brexit
A national exit poll Thursday indicated that U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party was on track to win a substantial majority in the British Parliament, as the Labour Party appeared to suffer historic losses. A Conservative victory would virtually guarantee that Johnson's deal to exit the European Union gains Parliamentary approval at the end of January. We'll discuss the election results and what's next for Brexit.
9. Sex Trafficking Persists in Bay Area Spas, Massage Parlors
Florida prosecutors charged New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft Monday with soliciting prostitution at a local spa tied to an international human trafficking ring. Kraft's arrest was part of an ongoing investigation in Florida and New York into massage parlors that employ trafficked immigrant women who are forced to perform sex acts for clients. We'll talk about the prevalence of illicit spa and massage businesses in the Bay Area and what's being done to stop them.
10. How to Be a Good Giver and Receiver of Gifts
As we enter gift-giving season, we may find ourselves doing the mental math of figuring out when it's appropriate to give a gift, when it's OK to not give one, what to give, how much to spend and whether our gifts will even be used or appreciated after they're unwrapped. This hour on Forum, we'll discuss the psychology and etiquette behind gift-giving in preparation for the holiday season. We want to hear from you: are you stuck on whom to buy for or how to ask for no presents? Ask us your gift-giving questions.