- Making News: More Reports of Military Prison Abuse
Photos released today of an imprisoned Saddam Hussein in his underwear stirred apologies from Washington. Authorities now cite possible violation of the Geneva Convention. Today's New York Times reports details of Afghan prisoner abuse by US soldiers, and the alleged defilement of the Koran by US interrogators at Guant-namo Bay, as reported by Newsweek, has caused rioting--even death--across the Muslim World. Josh White of the Washington Post updates the abuse story.
- Reporter's Notebook: Here Comes Another Hurricane Season
Last summer, successive storms swept across the Atlantic and gathered hurricane force by the time they reached our eastern shores. This year, meteorologists warn us to brace for another active season as Hurricane Adrian has already begun to wreak havoc across Guatemala and El Salvador. Jim Lushine, severe weather expert for South Florida at the National Weather Service, has more.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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