FROM Henry Weinstein
California Faces More Delays in Restarting Executions For five years, California has spent $137 million a year to maintain death row, without executing a single inmate. Death Row now has more than 700 inmates. Yesterday, the Schwarzenegger Administration gave up on executing condemned rapist and killer Albert Greenwood Brown, Jr. tonight, saying there was no time to deal with legal issues before a drug loses its potency on Friday. Henry Weinstein is former LA Times reporter who now teaches law and journalism at the University of California-Irvine.
Sam Zell's Deal from Hell The "deal from Hell" is what Sam Zell calls his purchase of the Tribune Company , including the Los Angeles Times . BusinessWeek magazine calls is " one of the most disastrous the media world has ever seen." On this special rebroadcast of Politics of Culture, we hear how Zell's miscalculations will impact the paper and its long-suffering employees. Will Lewis speaks with former Los Angeles Times legal reporter Henry Weinstein, media merchant banker Porter Bibb and BusinessWeek's Emily Thornton.
Buyouts Gut the Los Angeles Times The and the Daily News have reduced the size of their newsrooms. The Long Beach Independent has become a bureau of the Daily Breeze . Now the LA Times has bought out 30 newsroom veterans with the prospect of more to come. Those leaving include the winners of Pulitzer Prizes and reporters with expertise and historical memory that’s important and hard to come by.
US Court Rules in Favor of Domestic Spying Program In Cincinnati today, a major victory for the Bush Administration. The US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a challenge against the controversial practice of surveillance without warrants. Henry Weinstein covers the court system for the Los Angeles Times .
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.
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?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.