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In a 2008 Democratic debate between then-presidential hopefuls Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, the question of Clinton’s likability was raised. Eight years later, the issue continues to dog Clinton in the presidential race. Is she ‘likable enough’ to win in the general election?

And LA City Attorney Mike Feuer says his office will enforce a controversial state law that requires so-called crisis pregnancy centers to inform their clients that abortion could be an option for them.

Also, the Justice Department issued a scathing review of Calexico’s police department. What’s going on in the border town, which is a major corridor for drug and immigrant smuggling?

Then, a Buzzfeed investigation found that thousands of H-2 workers are being exploited and mistreated. What will the Department of Labor do about it?

And finally, what will new nutrition labels mean for Americans looking to eat better?

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher
Sarah Sweeney

Is Hillary Clinton ‘Likable Enough’? 9 MIN, 27 SEC

In a 2008 Democratic debate between then-presidential hopeful Barack Obama and his opponent Hillary Clinton, the moderator raised the question of Clinton’s likability. Clinton responded, saying that the most important quality for voters to consider is who is ready to be president. Then Obama chimed in, saying that Clinton was “likable enough,” a remark he was roundly criticized for afterwards. But eight years later, the issue of likability continues to dog Hillary Clinton in this year’s presidential race. In the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, Clinton is tied with Trump at fifty seven percent disapproval. In a New York Times/CBS News poll, sixty percent of respondents said she does not share their values. Is Clinton likable enough to win in the general election?

Guests:
Jay Newton-Small, Time magazine (@JNSmall)

LA City Attorney Vows to Enforce Abortion Notice Law 9 MIN, 13 SEC

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer says his office will enforce a controversial state law that requires so-called crisis pregnancy centers to inform their clients that abortion could be an option for them. Crisis pregnancy centers are nonprofit clinics that usually don’t inform clients about abortion, and according to multiple investigations, often try to dissuade pregnant women from seeking abortions. Under the new law – the Reproductive FAIR Act – however, crisis pregnancy centers must post notices informing clients that the state of California offers low-cost and free abortion assistance. Challengers to the law argue that it violates their first amendment rights of free expression and religion. There are five ongoing legal challenges to the law, and some cities across the state have decided not to enforce it at least until the challenges are resolved in court.

Guests:
Sharona Coutts, Rewire (@sharonacoutts)
Aaron Caplan, Constitutional Law Professor

Calexico Police Under Federal Scrutiny 9 MIN, 25 SEC

The police force of the California city of Calexico is under Justice Department scrutiny. It recently issued a scathing review of police in the border town, which is a major corridor for drug and immigrant smuggling, saying the department is in need of a complete overhaul. Meanwhile, former police chief Michael Bostic has filed a whistleblower lawsuit, alleging he was fired after revealing widespread corruption, drug trafficking and theft of evidence within his department to the FBI. Bostic also alleges that several police officers were spying on city officials and using the footage to bribe them.

Guests:
Julio Morales, Reporter for Imperial Valley Press

Buzzfeed Investigation: H-2 Visa Program is the ‘New American Slavery’ 14 MIN, 16 SEC

Every year, American companies import as many as 150,000 low-skilled temporary workers from countries like Mexico, Central America, and the Philippines. They come in on something called an H-2 visa to work in our fields, hotels, and factories. They’re gardeners and sheep-herders; they work in amusement parks and in US National Parks. An in-depth investigation by Buzzfeed has also found that thousands of them are exploited and mistreated. They are being cheated out of wages and, in some rare, extreme cases, are being beaten, raped, and held prisoner. Buzzfeed reported that the Department of Labor, the government agency that runs the H-2 program, does little to protect these workers. And despite the fact that the law says none of these guest workers should deny jobs to Americans, Buzzfeed reports that’s exactly what’s happening.

Guests:
Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times (@latimesjessicag)

Deciphering the New Nutrition Labels 6 MIN, 8 SEC

For the first time in 20 years, food nutrition labels are getting a makeover. The FDA will now require that calorie counts be printed in a larger font roughly three times larger than the other items on the labels. The new labels, set to roll out in two years, will also include a new category: Added sugar. What does that mean for Americans looking to eat better?

Guests:
Dr. James Hamblin, Senior Editor (@jameshamblin)

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