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 .
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.