FROM Sean Sullivan
Sony Pictures and Cyber Warfare The Los Angeles Times is reporting that two former employees filed a class action suit today against Sony Pictures over the massive computer breach that exposed details about upcoming movies, business deals, juicy Hollywood gossip—and the personal information of thousands of current and former workers. Sony is in major damage control three weeks after what FBI agents call a cyber attack of unprecedented sophistication. Executives are apologizing, but the flow of inside information continues as self-proclaimed hackers Guardians of Peace promise there’s more to come. Nobody knows if it’s really about The Interview, a Seth Rogen comedy about assassinating the leader of North Korea. The big questions are who did it and who might be next. Is every corporate communication system vulnerable to total exposure?
Governor Christie's Sandy Ads under Investigation Last week, it was all about gridlock on the George Washington Bridge . Today, the New Jersey Governor faces a federal investigation into possible misuse of government relief funds. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastation of the New Jersey shore, Chris Christie aired a series of TV ads called, "Stronger than the Storm." Last August, Bob Jordan of the Asbury Park Press reported that the campaign was paid for with federal relief money. Today, it's been revealed that the Obama Administration is conducting an investigation. We get an update from Jordan and from Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post .
NRA Points Finger at Media, Calls for Armed Guards in Schools The NRA's executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said today that the lives of 20 Connecticut first-graders might have been saved last week if school officials had guns. He called for every school to be protected by armed guards. La Pierre, who was twice interrupted by protesters with signs saying, "NRA Killing Our Kids," did not respond to the protesters or take questions from reporters. Sean Sullivan is political reporter for the Washington Post .
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?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.