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 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Trump, Russia and rabbit holes Conservatives are now joining liberal critics of President Trump by demanding to know about his administration’s ties to Russia. We hear about Washington latest political flap and possible unintended consequence.
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
The airline electronics ban and what it means President Trump's Department of Homeland Security has banned all electronic devices larger than cell phones on some foreign airlines flying direct to the US. It's causing confusion as well as inconvenience. Is the motive really just increased security?