FROM Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Defeating ISIS might be just the beginning With the votes still coming in, we’ll look ahead at one of the major challenges facing the next President of the United States: the fight against ISIS. It’s a legacy of George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, one that Barack Obama has struggled unsuccessfully to leave behind. The battle to liberate Mosul from the Islamic State has been raging for the past month. The US is backing an unlikely coalition of forces who’ve come together despite ancient grievances between one another.
Wife of Orlando Shooter under Investigation A federal grand jury has been convened to investigate Noor Zahi Salman, second wife of Omar Mateen, who was killed after gunning down 49 people Sunday in Orlando. Now the FBI is trying to find her. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Houston Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times , joins us from central Florida.
The Deterrence Dilemma The Obama Administration claims that "immigrant family detention" stopped last year's surge of people fleeing violence and poverty in Central America. But newly established detention centers are called "gilded cages," and a federal judge has ruled that they're "inhumane." Last Friday, Judge Dolly Gee ordered 1700 women and children released from detention centers in Texas and Pennsylvania until immigration courts settle their claims for asylum. What are the options? Will Congress consider a billion dollar proposal to improve conditions in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala?
Can Gay Marriage Co-Exist with Religious Freedom? The US Supreme Court has made same-sex marriage the law of the land, but discrimination against gays and lesbians is still alive and well. That’s the next target of the movement for equal rights. But what about the right of religion? Supreme Court dissenters warned about a kind of reverse discrimination against sincere believers that same sex marriage is unacceptable. Is there a way to prevent conflict between two basic entitlements, so that two rights don’t produce many wrongs?
American Sniper Murder Trial Begins The movie American Sniper tells the story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle. After he returned home, he ran a program for vets with PTSD. One of them is a man named Eddie Ray Routh. Routh is accused of murdering Kyle and another man at a shooting range in Texas. The jury has been selected in Routh’s trial, and opening arguments are scheduled to begin tomorrow. But Routh’s lawyers say because of the movie, their client cannot get a fair trial: especially in Texas where a lot of people have seen the movie.
35-Hour Waits at County USC’s ER? LA County officials are investigating a complaint about wait time at Big County—that’s County/USC Hospital, LA’s largest public hospital. Today’s LA Times reports that a healthcare professional says the emergency room is so crowded the average waiting time is 35 hours. We called the County Department of Health Services, which said anyone who could speak was in a meeting. The hospital itself said they’d been told not to talk with the media. Jim Lott is Executive Vice President of Hospital Association of Southern California…representing public as well as private hospitals.
LA's Poor Swamp Free Medical Clinic Just as it was last August, this week's Remote Area Medical clinic at LA's Sports Arena has been “overwhelmed by demand.” That's according to Molly Hennessy-Fiske of the Los Angeles Times , who's covered the first three days of a week-long free clinic.
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.