FROM Henry Lee
Undercover Agent U.C.E. 4599 This week, State Senator Leland Yee was one of two dozen people arrested by the FBI in a Bay Area sting. Most of the headlines have focused on Yee and his relationship with a one-time gangster known as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. But there’s another figure who played a big role in this story: “U.C.E. 4599.” Those initials are short for “Undercover Employee.” That’s all we know about the identity of the undercover FBI agent who cracked the case. But the details of his investigation are as surreal as everything else about this sting.
BART Officer Charged with Murder in Shooting On New Year's Eve in Oakland, a 22 year-old supermarket worker was pulled off a Bay Area Rapid Transit district train by police investigating a fight. Though unarmed, he was thrown face down onto the platform and shot in the back by a BART security guard, an event recorded and spread on the Internet by other passengers with cell-phone video cameras. Today the guard, Johannes Mehserle, was arrested and charged with murder. Henry Lee reports from Oakland for the San Francisco Chronicle .
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
North Korea tests more missiles, Turkey's president gains more power Early Tuesday morning, North Korea tested another intercontinental ballistic missile. It blew up shortly after take-off. But North Korea keeps working on a nuclear missile that could reach the U.S. Also in Turkey, a close vote has given sweeping new powers to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Turkey is an important Western ally in the region, but its leader is becoming increasingly authoritarian.