Bill Clinton, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Bill Bratton
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Bill Bratton resigns after almost seven years as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. The president of the Police Commission says he's in mourning, but not everybody agrees on Bratton's legacy. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, sending Bill Clinton to the rescue, the Obama Administration is on the way to reversing eight years of US policy toward North Korea. Plus, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's second term as President of Iran could be a nightmare.
Banner image: LAPD Chief Bill Bratton (R) arrives with Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to announce that he will resign from the department to head of a private security firm. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images
Iranian President Ahmadinejad Begins Second Term ()
In today's inaugural address, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Iranians, "We need to join forces." As if to dramatize the point, major reformers, including a faction of parliament, boycotted the ceremony. Outside on the streets of Tehran, opposition protesters were outnumbered by riot police. Los Angeles Times correspondent Borjou Daragahi is a veteran of many years in Iran. He's reporting from Beirut, Lebanon.
Will Reporters' Release Warm North Korea-US Relations? ()
Former President Bill Clinton touched down at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank this morning with two American journalists. After months of captivity in North Korea and a sentence of 12 years at hard labor, Laura Ling described what happened yesterday when she and Euna Lee were told to go to a meeting.
- Jay Solomon: Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Wall Street Journal, @SpoonSolomon
- Selig Harrison: Director of the Asia Program, Center for International Policy
- Chaibong Hahm: Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Bill Bratton Resigns as Chief of the LAPD ()
At a surprise news conference today at LA City Hall, Mayor Villaraigosa announced that Bill Bratton has resigned as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. Villaraigosa credited Bratton, who was appointed by former Mayor James Hahn, with transforming the LAPD into "a beacon of progress and professionalism…a partner, not an adversary, no longer bound by the misdeeds of the past, no longer a roadblock to building a more tolerant and inclusive city." Civil rights leader and Police Commission President John Mack acknowledged Bratton for "reducing crime, especially violent crime" while "really developing a true partnership between the LAPD and, particularly, communities of color."
- Joel Rubin: Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, @joelrubin
- Janice Hahn: Los Angeles City Councilwoman
- Tom Hayden: veteran political activist
- Connie Rice: Co-Director, Advancement Project in Los Angeles, @ConnieRicePCN
- Raphael Sonenshein: Professor of Political Science, California State University Fullerton, @PBI
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