FROM Adam Nagourney
All LAUSD Schools Closed Due to Terror Threat Almost 700,000 students in America's second largest school district were told to stay home today -- when almost 1000 schools were closed because of a terrorist threat deemed "credible" by Superintendent Ramon Cortines.
Will California’s Economy Dry Up? Governor Jerry Brown has ordered cities throughout California to cut their water use by 25 percent - or more - as the state struggles with fourth year of an historic drought.
Body Camera Footage and the Latest LAPD Skid Row Shooting This past Sunday, Los Angeles police officers wearing body cameras killed an unarmed black man. Cell phones were focused on the incident, too. Protesters gathered today at the site of Sunday's fatal shooting and marched to headquarters of the LAPD. Just yesterday, President Obama called for "prompt action to change police practices across the country — in the aftermath of police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, Staten Island, New York and Cleveland, Ohio. Speaking to the media yesterday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck addressed the abundance of video evidence from surveillance cameras to cell phones to footage recorded by the officers themselves. "There are also two officers with body cameras, and that offers a unique perspective that we believe will be crucial to determining the propriety of the officers' actions. And I know that the media would love to have that video and it would certainly serve the purposes of the media cycle, but at this point in the investigation, it would not be proper for us to release it." Adam Nagourney, Los Angeles Bureau Chief for the New York Times , has more on the story.
Jerry Brown's Last Stand Jerry Brown was Governor of California from 1974 until 1982. When he ran again last year at age 72, entertainment magnate David Geffen asked him, "Why do you want to put yourself through this much pain at this point of your life?" When he took office in January, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he was "facing as tough a challenge as any incoming governor; the task before him is ominous." That's according to an article by Adam Nagourney in this coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine .
Arizona, the Latest Battleground over Illegal Immigration Success in closing the border in Texas and California has pushed more illegal crossings to Arizona, creating high anxiety in the southern part of that state. Arizona officials claim there's a lack of federal protection, and the new law requires local police to detain anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. The law won't go into effect until this summer, but already court challenges are being planned.
Arizona Sets Off Another Immigration Dust Up Efforts to close the border in Texas and California have pushed more illegal crossings to Arizona, creating high anxiety in the southern part of that state. After years of frustration, Arizona has enacted a tough new law that requires local police to detain anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. The law won't go into effect until this summer, but it's already ignited political fireworks from Washington to Mexico City. Two presidents and countless other officials are for and against the measure, but nobody expects any action from Congress in an election year. Today court challenges are being announced based on civil rights and the federal supremacy clause of the Constitution. With more than 10 million undocumented workers in the US already and more on the way, questions are being raised that have no easy answers.
AIG Audaciously Issues 165 Million Dollars in Bonus Payments Yesterday, Obama administration officials went on TV to deplore the revelation that $165 million in taxpayer dollars will be used for executive bonuses at the failed insurance giant AIG. Today, it was the President himself, who said AIG is in trouble due to “recklessness and greed.” Adam Nagourney is chief national political reporter for the New York Times .
New Year's Eve in Des Moines This New Year's Eve is almost the eve of the Iowa Caucuses , the first time Americans will record their preferences for the presidential candidates of 2008. In the competition between states to be first to go, Iowa ended up on January 3. For almost 30 years, political reporters have complained about Iowa's winter weather and about Des Moines, the grimy, decrepit capitol of that Midwestern state. But Adam Nagourney of the New York Times says he's looking forward to New Year's Eve in a Des Moines that has been transformed.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?