Eight Bell Officials Arrested
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Eight former and current officials of the City of Bell are in jail tonight on multiple charges of stealing $5.5 million in public funds. We talk with District Attorney Steve Cooley. Also, California's about to lead the nation in implementing federal health care reform — or is it? Governor Schwarzenegger has been poised to sign two bills to establish a health insurance exchange where consumers could shop for coverage. Small business likes it, but big business and some insurance companies do not. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Afghan officials are still counting the votes from this weekend's parliamentary elections, marked by violence, a low turnout and widespread fraud. What are the possible consequences for US policy with troop strength rising to nearly 100,000?
Banner image: Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley looks at a display of current and former City of Bell council members who were arrested on corruption charges during a news conference as Jennifer Lentz Snyder, assistant head deputy of Public Integrity Division looks on, on September 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Bell City Officials Arrested ()
LA Sheriff's deputies today arrested eight current and former officials of the city that's become a poster child for municipal corruption. Mayor Oscar Hernandez's door was broken down. Former City Manager Robert Rizzo was taken from his home in handcuffs. The arrests were made pursuant to charges involving conflicts of interest and alleged misappropriation of $5.5 million in public funds. Steve Cooley is the Los Angeles District Attorney.
- Steve Cooley: Los Angeles County District Attorney
Health Insurance Exchange in California ()
Two bills on Governor Schwarzenegger's desk would make California the first state to establish an insurance exchange under President Obama's healthcare reform. Consumers who don't have health insurance through their employers, Medicare or Medical would be able to comparison shop among plans approved by a five-member board.
- Sarah Varney: Health Reporter, KQED's 'California Report'
- Scott Hauge: President, Small Business California
- Mike Genest: former Director of Finance, State of California
Afghanistan Elections and Rethinking the War ()
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai has canceled plans to attend this week's UN General Assembly so he can stay home and watch over the process of counting votes from Saturday's parliamentary elections.
- Alissa Johannsen Rubin: Kabul Bureau Chief, New York Times, @alissanyt
- Ahmad Nader Nadery: Chairman, Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan
- Richard Fontaine: Senior Fellow, Center for a New American Security
- John Arquilla: Professor of Defense Analysis, Naval Postgraduate School
- Matthew Hoh: former Political Officer, US State Department, @matthewhoh
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