Google in China and Marijuana in California
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The State Supreme Court says there's no legal limit on the amount of medical marijuana patients can possess. Also, plunging tax revenues have LA City officials looking at layoffs and privatizations, and the threat from this week's storms is just about over. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, cyber attacks on Google in China have turned into an international incident with Hillary Clinton calling today for "consequences" and "condemnation." Is China's government trying to steal Google's secrets? Is it threatened by the growth of organized activism on the Internet?
Banner image: Marijuana plants sit on a shelf at a cannabis dispensary in Oakland, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Google in China and Cyber-espionage ()
When it started business in China four years ago, Google agreed to censor Internet searches on Tiananmen Square, Tibet, and Falun Gong. Now Google says those days are over because of what it calls a "highly sophisticated" attack on its software coding and the email accounts of human rights activists.
- Farhad Manjoo: Technology Columnist, Slate magazine, @fmanjoo
- James Lewis: Director, CSIS's Commission on Cybersecurity, @james_a_lewis
- Guobin Yang: Associate Professor of Asian Cultures, Barnard College
- Gideon Rachman: Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times
State Supreme Court Rejects Medical Marijuana Limits ()
In a unanimous ruling today, the State Supreme Court threw out a law passed by the legislature to impose limits on the amount of marijuana patients can have for medical purposes. The court said only the voters can amend Proposition 215, which legalized medical marijuana 14 years ago. John Roemer reports for the Daily Journal, a legal newspaper in San Francisco.
- John Roemer: Staff Writer, Daily Journal
Update on Southland Storms ()
Forecasters said the worst of this week's storms would hit between noon and 6pm, and homeowners near potential landslides were bracing for trouble. As of mid-afternoon, that hadn't happened. We hear from a climatologist and reporter, both following this week's storms.
- Bill Patzert: Climatologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, @NASAJPL
- Connie Llanos: Reporter, Daily News
LA City Hall Brings Out the Long Knives ()
A few months ago, 22,000 unionized workers agreed to an early retirement deal when the City of Los Angeles promised no layoffs or furloughs for the next two years. But the LA Times has been a given a letter that lays the groundwork for eliminating 1000 jobs and privatizing city assets, including parking garages, golf courses and even the Van Nuys and Ontario airports. David Zanheiser co-wrote the story.
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