Lessons in LA's Smog
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The summer inversion layer means air pollution stays put in Southern California. We look at the history of smog and what it can teach about the future of global warming. Also, California is starting to send out IOU's, and State Treasurer Bill Lockyer wants two state budgets, one for the liberal coast and one for inland conservatives. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the transition from Bush to Obama has not eliminated the threat of terrorists who want to attack the country. Is Obama embracing some of the same counter-measures he criticized in last year's campaign, including what's called "torture lite?"
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Human Rights, the Law and the Ongoing Threat of Terror ()
Waterboarding was stopped before the end of the Bush Administration. Humane treatment of prisoners was required by an act of Congress, and rules were laid out in the new Army Field Manual of 2006. President Obama has proclaimed that torture is contrary to America's founding documents and fundamental values. But controversy over so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques" continues.
- Luke Mitchell: Senior Editor, Harper’s magazine
- Benjamin Wittes: Reserach Director, Brookings Institution
- Jameel Jaffer: Director of the National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union
- Dafna Linzer: Senior Reporter, ProPublica
Start the Presses for the State IOU's ()
The State of California is printing up 28,742 IOU's for $53.3 million. If the state has the money on October 2, they can be redeemed with interest at 3.75%. In the meantime, the California Bankers Association says banks “may be hesitant” to accept them. Eric Bailey is in Sacramento for the Los Angeles Times.
- Eric Bailey: Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times
Lessons in LA's Smog ()
Temperatures are on the rise and the inversion layer's returning to Southern California. All that exhaust from all those cars is staying with us. Does Los Angeles' experience with smog contains lessons for dealing with global warming? We go in search of answers with Chip Jacobs and William Kelly, co-authors of Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles.
State Treasurer Gets Creative with Budget Solutions ()
A state legislator for 25 years, Bill Lockyer served two terms as Attorney General and he's now in his second term as State Treasurer. That puts him right in the middle of the state's financial troubles. Yesterday he asked the Los Angeles Times, why not have two budgets?
- Bill Lockyer: Treasurer, State of California
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