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FROM Kareem Maddox
The Downside of Data Mining Whatever you do on line — from filling out forms to making innocent requests for information — is subject to data mining. That can lead to unflattering profiles or put you on lists that can be damaging — even though the data is often wrong. We hear calls for transparency and regulation.
California's Top Fiscal Officer: Whom Do You Choose? One of the powerful statewide elected officers many voters have never heard of is the State Controller—who pays the bills and has the authority to audit other state departments. Democrat John Chiang is termed out and we’ll hear from the candidates to replace him: Republican Ashley Swearengin, and Democrat Betty Yee.
Is the Global Economy Still Stuck in Recession? After three years of smooth sailing on Wall Street, investors were almost complacent, but then the New York Stock Exchange began to jump up and down. On October 8th, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its best day of the year. Last week, it suffered its worst loss. Is worldwide economic recovery being put on hold?
Can’t California Republicans Just Get Along? Two GOP nominees for statewide office have refused to endorse Neel Kashkari, their own candidate for Governor. The party chairman calls one of them, “felony stupid.” We’ll hear what happened at this weekend’s convention, despite the theme, which was Unity.
Who Benefits from Higher Education — Students or For-Profit Colleges? Federal and state probes of for-profit colleges have come to a head in Santa Ana, the headquarters of Corinthian Colleges. Amid charges of misrepresentations to low income students, Washington has cut off the pipeline of education loans that keeps the colleges in business.
Can Iraq Stay Together? The Clock is Ticking… In the aftermath of the US occupation, Iraq has become a different country—with the prospect of not surviving as a country at all. Is intervention an option in a country torn by internal politics, violent religious extremism and the threat of terrorism?
Is a State-of-the Art Facility Real Jail Reform? LA County is considering a new proposal to replace the downtown jail, but will a new building help address concerns about the large population of mentally ill inmates?
California's Worst Air Pollutant Might Catch a Break This week, California air quality officials are considering relaxing emission regulations on diesel trucks --- the worst air pollution offenders left in the state.
Law Enforcement Takes Police Surveillance to New Heights Will "wide-area surveillance" and "facial recognition," developed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, make America safer? Do they threaten the right to privacy?
Food Truck Safety: Public Health Problem or False Alarm? LA County officials concede they have never inspected some 40% of the 3200 vehicles that are part of the food-truck frenzy. Is that anything to worry about?
Climate Change: Will We Have to Get Used to It? The latest report from the UN’s Panel on Climate Change is due out on Sunday. Is it time to re-frame the issue and talk about preparing for the cost of not taking action?
The Rise in Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Deadly childhood diseases once thought eradicated are making a comeback around the world. We look at the reasons and what might be done in the interests of public health.
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.
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.
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?
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.