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 .
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?