FROM Carol Leonnig
DEA Agents Busted for Sex Party After revelations of misconduct, Secret Service agents have been fired or forced to retire. They claim Drug Enforcement Agency operatives are being slapped on the wrist for much more serious infractions. This after the Justice Department reported that Drug Enforcement agents assigned overseas took part in "sex parties" with prostitutes — provided by local drug cartels. Carol Leonnig is reporting the story for the Washington Post .
Another Secret Service Scandal The Secret Service is in hot water, again. Two senior secret service agents ran a government car into White House security barricades, last week. It appears they’d been out drinking, and one of them is second-in-command on the President’s security detail. Suffice to say, he’s probably not with the President today in Los Angeles. These aren’t the only recent missteps by the agency. What’s going on inside the Secret Service?
Secret Service Falls Down on the Job Earlier this month, a man carrying a knife jumped the White House fence and made it through the front door before he was stopped. But that security lapse wasn’t the first or even the most alarming for President Obama’s Secret Service detail. In a new story, the Washington Post details how three years ago, the Secret Service didn’t realize that a gunman in the street had shot at and hit the White House seven times until four days after the incident.
Personal Privacy and National Security: Is There a Trade-off? When Edward Snowden revealed the extent of electronic spying, President Obama assured Americans their privacy was being carefully guarded. But the chief judge of the secret court responsible now says it can't do the job , admitting that only the government knows who's being spied on and why. Now the President has joined the political Left and Right-leaning libertarians who want a special advocate to argue the public's interest before the secret court. But others warn that could impede and delay the surveillance needed to safeguard the nation. We hear a debate.
House Ethics Committee Is Very Busy, Post Reveals Congress is supposed to enforce ethical standards on its own members, but ethics committee proceedings are highly secretive, and watchdog groups claim that not much really goes on. Now it's been accidentally revealed that more than 30 members and senior aides are being probed, including half of a subcommittee that controls Pentagon spending. This after the Washington Post was given a weekly report that a low-level staffer mistakenly placed on an accessible network.
The Story behind the Acorn Videos Conservative Republicans scored a political victory this week when Congress voted to defund ACORN , the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Last year, the activist group that works with poor blacks and Hispanics was accused of voter fraud . Now it's been hit with a sting operation, for attempting to buy homes to run as houses of prostitution. On videotapes running on Fox News, YouTube and other Internet sites, ACORN workers appear to be counseling them in a helpful way. Carol Leonnig reports for the Washington Post .
Scientist Facing Anthrax Indictment an Apparent Suicide Shortly after 9/11, anthrax showed up in mailings that killed five people, crippled the Post Office, shut down a Senate office building and spread fear that terrorists were striking again. Tuesday, the FBI's prime suspect died from apparent suicide. He was 62-year old Bruce Ivins, for 18 years a research scientist at the Army's bio-defense research lab at Ft. Detrick, Maryland. Reporter Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post has more.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?