The City of Los Angeles has begun the process of laying off workers, even though it will cost taxpayers more than it saves, at least for the moment. Also, the campaign for Governor is heating up with Republican Meg Whitman and supporters of Democrat Jerry Brown exchanging TV attack ads. Brown is promising he'll "go to the people" with ballot measures for spending cuts and tax increases. Sound familiar? Plus, a 200-page, $18-a-copy quarterly magazine has debuted in Los Angeles. Can a print publication survive the assault of the digital age? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, an alleged network of Russians posing as ordinary Americans sounds like the parody of a spy novel or a Hollywood satire. We hear about invisible ink, buried money and something called "steganography."
FROM THIS EPISODE
Republican Meg Whitman has begun an expected drum-beat of negative television attacks on Democrat Jerry Brown. Both want to be Governor, a job Brown held for two terms in the 1970's and early 80's. His record is the subject of Whitman's opening salvo.
We've heard a lot about the end of print journalism, printed essays, memoirs, fiction, poetry and portrait writing. Now some veteran editors and journalists are going against the tide with a full-color, quarterly publication, "a new template for the next generation of print publications." Laurie Ochoa, former editor of the LA Weekly, executive editor of Gourmet magazine and reporter and editor at the LA Times, is editor and co-founder of Slake.
Laurie Ochoa, Co-editor and Co-founder, Slake magazine
The accused paymaster of what the FBI calls Russia's "deep cover" spy ring in the United States skipped bail in Cyprus today. US officials reportedly were astonished when Christopher Metsos was released on bail in the first place. But that's not all that is hard to explain about a collection of 10 Russians who lived like ordinary Americans, including parents with children, for more than 10 years.
Jerry Markon, National Reporter, Washington Post
Robert Baer, former CIA field officer and author
Viktor Kremenyuk, Institute of the USA and Canada
James Bamford, journalist and author (@WashAuthor)
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