FROM Richard Marosi
Mexico and Walmart Team Up to Improve Farmworker Conditions Living conditions at huge Mexican farms that produce about half the tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers consumed in the US were recently revealed in appalling detail by the Los Angeles Times: children working in hot fields; families sleeping in rat-infested hovels, often on concrete; unreliable water; and pay as low as $8 a day. Now, Walmart and the Mexican government have struck a deal to improve life for the farmworkers . But how will they actually carry out and enforce the sweeping changes they're promising? Photo: Alex Proimos
The Human Cost of Cheap Produce Walmart, Safeway, Whole Foods and other American grocers import billions of dollars-worth of fruits and vegetables from Mexico. The companies advertise "ethical sourcing guidelines" including humane treatment of Mexican farm workers. But a recent Los Angeles Times investigation reveals unpaid laborers trapped behind fences far from home, living in squalor, short of drinkable water, bathing in irrigation canals. Is that what's keeping food prices down?
Listening on the Wire to the Sinaloa Cartel The Los Angeles Times is running a series on the infamous Sinaloa drug cartel, an institution ruled by fear, superstition and money. Reporter Richard Marosi is detailing how a nonstop river of cocaine runs from Colombia to Mexico to Los Angeles and then on to the rest of the country. The series is based on wiretaps made by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Mexico Beefs Up Border Security The United States is engaged in a continuing crackdown on goods and people flowing north across the Mexican border. Now, Mexico's President Felipe Calderón is about to turn that around. He's installing gates, cameras and vehicle scales to monitor traffic that flows south. Richard Marosi reports on border issues for the Los Angeles Times .
Mexican Drug War Rages along the US Border Two weeks ago, Mexico launched a military offensive against drug cartels that have been killing each other relentlessly. Since then, 70 people have been slaughtered in Tijuana alone, 38 just since Saturday. The latest killing spree has put the city's top law enforcement official out of a job as well as shaking up the military, as Richard Marosi reports for the Los Angeles Times .
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?
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.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?