Fort Hood Killings; Swine Flu; Political Reform for California
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Death certificates often come late and families have not been informed when the cause was swine flu. Are potential victims taking the risks from the H1N1 virus seriously enough? Also, should California's political reformers go back to the drawing board? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, 13 people were gunned down last Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas. Were they victims of terrorism? Could the incident have been prevented? What does it mean for military diversity in a world plagued by cultural and religious confrontations?
Could the Fort Hood Shootings Have Been Prevented? ()
President Obama attended services at Fort Hood today for the 13 victims of last week's shootings. The alleged killer, Major Nidal Hasan, is recovering from his own wounds and has yet to be charged. In the meantime, it's reported that the FBI and Army intelligence investigated contacts between Hasan and a militant Islamist cleric who is calling Hasan "a hero."
- Josh Meyer: Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, @JoshMeyerDC
- Bruce Hoffman: Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University, @hoffman_bruce
- Salam Al-Marayati: President, Muslim Public Affairs Council, @salampacker
- Mona Charen: author and syndicated columnist, @mcharen
- Mikey Weinstein: President of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation
USC Journalists and Swine Flu Victims ()
Los Angeles County's Department of Health said today that an unexpected shortage has left it with 810,000 doses of swine flu vaccine compared to the 5.5 million people who fall within high-priority groups. Meantime, LA and Fresno are only two California counties making public the death certificates of swine flu victims. Many others are withholding them in apparent violation of state law. That story, which has been reported by KCET-TV and the Los Angeles City News Service, originated with "Neon Tommy," the online journalism project of USC's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.
Voters Pessimistic about Their State, Unhappy with Their Leaders ()
Partisan politics and the recession have virtually paralyzed state government. Governor Schwarzenegger and the legislature are setting records for low approval ratings. Government reformers say the moment has finally arrived to change the tax system, get rid of the two-thirds vote required to pass a state budget, and adjust the property-tax restrictions of Proposition 13. A new survey suggests otherwise. The Los Angeles Times has partnered with USC's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences to survey 1500 registered voters. Both Democratic and Republican polling firms were involved, and the results are a slap in the face to reformers.
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