FROM Jack Healy
'What recovery?' Las Vegas years after the housing crash Both Presidential candidates are unveiling their economic plans this week in Detroit. The economy has been a central issue in politics especially since the housing bubble burst eight years ago, plunging the US into the greatest recession since the Great Depression. The economic recovery, though relatively steady overall, has been sluggish and selective, affecting some more than others. So in some communities, when people hear politicians talk about whether the recovery has been fast enough or strong enough, they have good reason to wonder, “Recovery? What recovery?” Communities like Las Vegas, Nevada.
A Small Coal Town in Colorado Reconsiders Marijuana The mountain town of Hotchkiss, Colorado twice voted to ban both the recreational and medical use of marijuana. But then a coal mine in the North Fork Valley shut down amid a wave of industry slowdowns and bankruptcies all over America's coal country. Hotchkiss, Colorado took another look at economic reality. New York Times reporter Jack Healy reports.
Bikram Yoga and Sexual Assault Allegations There’s a new twist in a long-running sex scandal involving a Beverly Hills-based yoga guru. A sixth woman is suing Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram yoga, over sexual assault allegations. Choudhury built an empire on his brand of hot yoga, which involves a 90-minute sequence of poses performed in 105-degree rooms. It has attracted celebrity followers and made Choudhury a millionaire. But, for the past two years, he’s been beset by accusations of sexual assault and rape from former students. Now Choudhury is facing a half dozen civil lawsuits. We hear about the cases, and how Choudhury built a lucrative cult of personality around an ancient practice.
Aurora, Colorado, Braces for Mass Murder Trial Two and a half years ago, James Holmes walked into a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, during a midnight screening of Batman and opened fire, killing 12 people. Holmes admits he did the killings, but argues he was legally insane. The prosecutor wants to give him the death penalty. Jury selection begins tomorrow. Jack Healy is Rocky Mountain correspondent for the New York Times .
A Trial for Terrorists in New York City Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that the self-described mastermind of 9/11 will be tried in federal court just blocks from where the World Trade Towers once stood in New York City. Holder said he'll seek the death penalty for Kalid Saikh Mohammed and four other men. The decision raises questions about security, the rights of defendants who say they were tortured and what might happen if they're acquitted. Why are they getting a civil trial while a suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole will face a military tribunal?
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?
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.
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.
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.