Get ready for massive news coverage tomorrow of the Democrats' Rules and Bylaws Committee, which might finally decide if Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton gets the nomination. Then again, it might not. We hear from both sides playing out a scenario that would have been unbelievable on The West Wing. Also, the father of radical jihad calls for restraint, and despite a shortage of transplantable organs, Japanese gangsters got new livers at a major American hospital—with help from the FBI.
FROM THIS EPISODE
Despite recent warnings about al Qaeda, CIA Director Michael Hayden has told the Washington Post the terrorist movement is "essentially defeated in both Iraq and Saudi Arabia and on the defensive through much of the rest of the world." This week's New Yorker magazine reports that radical Islam is "confronting a rebellion within its ranks." Lawrence Wright is a New Yorker staff writer.
There will be standing room only for tomorrow's meeting of a group even political junkies never heard of before, the Democrats' Rules and Bylaws Committee. Thirty party insiders will try to compromise on disputed delegates from two states that will matter greatly in the general election. There will be saturation news coverage as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the States of Michigan and Florida make their cases during the morning. Deliberations will start in the afternoon. But the big question is whether the nomination will finally be resolved. Clinton supporters plan demonstrations outside; Obama wants his people to cool it. We hear arguments from both sides on the latest event to make this a campaign unprecedented in political history.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congresswoman (D-FL); Clinton Campaign Co-chair
Robert Wexler, Congressman (D-FL); Obama Campaign Co-chair
David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers (@LightmanDavid)
Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC's 'The Last Word' (@Lawrence)
Rhodes Cook, author, 'Race for the Presidency'
The UCLA Medical Center is a world-renown center for organ transplants. Between 2000 and 2004, organs were scarce, but Tadamasa Goto and three other Japanese gangsters got ahead of the line. Goto, who leads a Japanese gang called the Goto-gumi, is barred from the United States. The FBI helped him get the visa hoping for information on organized crime. They never got it, but Goto got a new liver. That's according to today's Los Angeles Times in a story co-written by Charles Ornstein.
More From To the Point
Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests? National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics.
Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
A month later, Puerto Ricans still stranded by Hurricane Maria Most people in Puerto Rico are still without electricity, and some are drinking from a well contaminated by a superfund site. President Trump's accused of a "shocking lack of compassion" compared to speedy assistance after hurricanes hit Texas and Florida.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Gustavo Arellano out at OC Weekly Gustavo Arellano, the editor of the O.C. Weekly and a regular contributor to KCRW, announced his resignation on Friday from the paper. Arellano says he decided to step down after… Read More
What’s one problem you want Santa Barbara’s next mayor to solve? In one month, voters in the city of Santa Barbara will choose the city’s next mayor. The mayor runs council meetings, votes alongside the council on major decisions and has… Read More