UC Irvine wants to ban a Muslim student group for orchestrating a plan to shout down the Israeli ambassador during a speech on the campus. Would a ban violate the students’ rights to free speech and association? What if they lied to university officials about their role in advance planning? Also, Proposition 8, and a remembrance of Ernest Fleischmann. On our rebroadcast of today’s To the Point, President Obama is publicly upbeat, but his strategy in Afghanistan is not working as planned. Has President Karzai lost faith in the US and NATO? Is Pakistan even closer to the Afghan Taliban than previously reported?
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At the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida today, President Obama upbeat about progress in Iraq and Afghanistan, but acknowledged signs of trouble. We hear from reporters on the ground and in Washington, where Middle East Commanding General David Petraeus fainted during a Senate hearing.
Karen DeYoung, Washington Post (@karendeyoung1)
Alissa Johannsen Rubin, New York Times (@alissanyt)
Sarah Chayes, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (@CarnegieEndow)
Matt Waldman, former Head of Policy for Afghanistan, Oxfam
Christine Fair, Georgetown University (@CChristineFair)
On February 8 of this year, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren was trying to make a speech at UC Irvine. He was interrupted by a student, who was escorted out of the room — to be replaced by another, who interrupted again. Finally, 11 students from UC Irvine and UC Riverside were arrested. Now, UC Irvine officials have recommended a one-year ban of the Muslim Student Union -- not because of the disruptions alone, but because MSU members denied they had organized them in advance.
In the challenge to Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California, US District Judge Vaughn Walker has asked both sides to answer a lot of questions before their closing arguments tomorrow. Susan Ferriss is covering the trial for the Sacramento Bee.
As we reported yesterday, Ernest Fleischmann died on Sunday at the age of 85. He retired 12 years ago, but for 30 years he controlled the Los Angeles Philharmonic, making it one of the top orchestras in the country with worldwide credibility. Mark Swed, music critic for the Los Angeles Times, offers an appreciation.
Mark Swed, Classical Music Critic, Los Angeles Times