In Phoenix tomorrow, Sheriff Joe Arpaio will go on trial for what he calls "crime suppression" and the plaintiffs call "racial profiling." Will it hurt or help him in this year's campaign for a sixth term? Will it move Washington any closer to immigration reform? Also, a massive bomb hits the defense team of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, and the Greenland ice sheet -- "changing before our eyes."
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A massive suicide bombing in the heart of Damascus today killed the brother-in-law of President Bashar al-Assad, his defense minister and a former defense minister. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta observed, "The violence has only gotten worse and the loss of life has only increased, which tells us that this is a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control." The so-called Free Syrian Army says it coordinated today's attack with elite military guards close to Assad himself. Syria's information minister calls it "terrorism" facilitated by the intelligence services of Western countries, Gulf Arab states and Turkey. Sam Dagher is in Beirut, Lebanon, for the Wall Street Journal.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio became famous for holding detainees in tents under the blazing Arizona sun and for making inmates wear pink underwear. But it's his focus on enforcing immigration law by racially profiling Latinos that's led to a class action lawsuit scheduled to open tomorrow in a federal courtroom in Phoenix. The Maricopa County Sheriff is the darling of immigration hard-liners and the target of the Obama Administration, which has filed a separate civil rights action. But the case also illustrates the chaos caused by 26 years of inaction by Congress and successive administrations in Washington. We hear what Arpaio symbolizes for both sides of a polarized nation and the potential legal consequences for immigration reform.
JJ Hensley, Arizona Republic (@JJHensley)
Cecillia Wang, American Civil Liberties Union
Jessica Vaughan, Center for Immigration Studies (@JessicaV_CIS)
Jim Nintzel, Tucson Weekly (@Nintzel)
Alfonso Serrano, Time.com (@serfer6)
Yesterday, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan broke off from Petermann Glacier, one of Greenland's largest and just the latest in a process scientists attribute to global warming. The iceberg that broke off was 46 miles square. Two years ago, the same glacier lost an area of 97 square miles. Scientists say the Greenland ice sheet itself is being reduced not just in size but also in volume. Glaciologist Ted Scambos is lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado.
Ted Scambos, University of Colorado