FROM Dan Konecky
Meat and Milk from Cloned Animals in America's Food Supply? Twelve years after scientists produced Dolly the Sheep from the cells of another animal, the FDA says milk and meat from cloned livestock is safe to eat. Is the world ready? Critics say cloning's expensive, inefficient and cruel. What about the quality of the food and the "yuck" factor? Also, a business editor on stimulating the economy, in early American history, Christmas was banned by Christians.
A Ceasefire in Georgia and Candidates in Church Tomorrow, for the first time since they became presumptive presidential nominees, Barack Obama and John McCain will be in the same place at the same time. We find out what to expect from back-to-back interviews with Pastor Rick Warren. Also, Georgia's ceasefire with Russia, and American business finds loopholes in economic sanctions against Iran.
The Fighting Is Over, at Least for the Moment In Moscow today, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he's ordered a halt to military operations in Georgia. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, current President of the European Union, said the two had worked out terms for a provisional cease-fire. Also, the author accused of "gutter journalism" by the Bush White House.
Are the US and Russia Heading for Another Cold War? As Russian troops moved further into his country and bombs fell close to his capital city, Georgia's president, Mikheil Saakashvili, decried Russia's actions as an "invasion, occupation and annihilation of an independent, democratic country." Also, the impact of the war in Georgia on the campaign for the president, and Hillary Clinton's role at the Democratic convention in Denver.
The Foreclosure Crisis: What Does It Look Like? Brown lawns, graffiti, squatters and West Nile Virus are just some of the symptoms of a housing market that’s in decline. As the number of foreclosures increases all over Southern California, local agencies are finding violations of nuisance codes along with threats to public health.
The Anthrax Letters: Should the Case be Closed? The prime suspect in the anthrax letters episode committed suicide, so he'll never be tried, but the Justice Department says he was guilty "beyond a reasonable doubt." Also, President Bush criticizes China on the eve of the Olympics, and the Mayor of Detroit will be spending the night in jail and it's not clear who's running the city.
A Verdict is In but Military Tribunals are Still on Trial In a test case for military tribunals, Osama bin Laden's former driver was convicted today on one charge but acquitted on another. The White House calls it a "fair trial," but appeals are likely. Also, FBI prepares to unveil its case against Bruce Ivins, and presidential politics and popular culture.
Texas Defies the World Court and Its Own Former Governor The State of Texas is defying President Bush by refusing to halt tonight's scheduled execution of an admitted killer. Is Texas subject to international law? Could American citizens face retaliation overseas? What does the case have to do with illegal immigration and opposition to the death penalty? Also, oil prices fall as high energy costs curb consumer demand, and the lowland gorilla may not be facing extinction after all.
Seven Billion Dollars but What’s the Plan? LA Unified wanted a $3.2 billion construction bond on November's ballot until a poll by Mayor Villaraigosa showed that voters would go for more. Now the District is asking...
Public Services, Public Finance and Partisan Politics Governor Schwarzenegger has made good on his threat to fire part-time workers and cut 200,000 full-time salaries down to the minimum wage. At the same time, Democrats and Republicans are working on plans to balance the budget by taking money from city and county governments. Are political leaders once again putting off the day of reckoning?
If You Don't Like the Congress, Wait until Next Year Polls show George W. Bush is the most unpopular President in American history, but Congress is more unpopular still. Also, President Bush shortens tours in Iraq, and America's largest cash crop...marijuana.
Can a Southern California City Retain “That Small Town Feel?” Can the maddening increase in traffic congestion be controlled by putting a limit on commercial development? That’s the question facing the voters of Santa Monica. Opponents insist that growth is inevitable and can be accommodated without an increase in traffic. Each side accuses the other of making a false promise, and the debate has divided Santa Monica with just about every other Southern California city watching intently to see how the vote comes out. Tonight we’ll hear No Growth” versus “Smart Growth” on the November ballot.
Wildfires: Big Threats and Big Business The US is losing the fight against wildfires, which are bigger, more numerous and more costly than ever before. We hear how firefighting has become an industry, which sometimes makes matters worse. Can we learn to live more successfully with a growing menace that's not going away? Also, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to step down, and a massive sheet of ice breaks off from Ellesmere Island in Canada.
Illegal Drugs, Politics and the War in Afghanistan The opium poppy is financing the return of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but President Hamid Karzai is protecting opium traffic in order to stay in office. We hear dramatic claims by a high-level US official who can tell his story now that's resigned. Also, Alaska Senator Ted Stevens indicted, and gas means gold in rural Louisiana.
Can Governor Schwarzenegger Slash the Payroll to Keep a Promise? In the recall election against Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger promised to end the annual budget crisis once and for all. But once again this year there's no state budget, and the revenue shortfall is $15 billion. Schwarzenegger's public opinion rating has dropped to 40% and the legislature's is much lower than that. Now Schwarzenegger says he's cutting the salaries of state workers—down to the federal minimum wage.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.