We start in San Diego County with a look at a scandal-plagued, still undecided congressional race. Next, economic numbers look good, so why aren’t Americans feeling optimistic about the job market? Then, we hear from the new L.A. County Sheriff-elect, Jim McDonnell, about his plans to reform and restore public faith in the department. In our weekly film roundup, a look at Interstellar and this weekend’s other box office offerings. And finally, the latest on a yesterday’s international sweep that took down hundreds of websites selling illegal drugs.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Scandals are swirling around one of the nation’s most closely watched congressional races, a race that’s still undecided as election week ends. In San Diego County, incumbent Democrat Scott Peters is trying to hang onto the seat he won just two years ago. If challenger Carl DeMaio wins, he’ll be the first openly gay Republican in Congress. But DeMaio has been accused of sexual harassment and other misdeeds by former staffers.
On paper, economic numbers in the U.S. look good. Today’s unemployment rate is down to 5.8 percent and that’s just one example of positive economic reports. But exit polls from Tuesday’s election show the economy was voters’ number one concern. We take a closer look at exactly what kinds of jobs are being created, and why there’s such a disconnect between the big economic picture and the day-to-day life of average Americans.
Los Angeles County voted in a new sheriff this week and Sheriff-Elect Jim McDonnell has his work cut out for him: He’s inheriting a department in the middle of a federal investigation into corruption and civil rights abuses, and six onetime deputies were recently convicted of obstructing the probe. We talk to McDonnell about the changes he’s planning to make.
More than 400 web addresses selling illegal drugs were shut down in a major international crackdown that spanned 17 countries. One of the sites taken down was the Silk Road 2; its alleged operator is facing charges of narcotics trafficking, computer hacking and conspiracy. We look at the latest in the investigation.
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