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Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted a Russian internet troll farm for meddling in the 2016 election. It charges 13 Russians with conspiring to mislead Americans through social media, as well as spending money and forming relationships intended to influence the vote.
The Senate voted on four immigration bills this week, including a bipartisan plan and Trump’s proposal. All failed. We get reaction from an El Segundo-based woman who used to be a DACA recipient, but got a green card a few years ago. Her cousins are DACA recipients, and her brother and parents are undocumented. She says her parents are considering self-deporting.
Anabel Krishnan courtesy of Anabel.
ICE recently launched a new immigration sweep in LA, and at least 100 people have been detained so far. On Thursday night, a group of activists blocked an ICE van from accessing the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown LA.
Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice; Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
The top ICE attorney in Seattle has admitted to stealing the identities of immigrants, and using them to open credit cards and receive personal loans. He pled guilty to federal fraud charges, and resigned from his position. He’s expected to be sentenced in May.
Large crowds turned out last night for Marvel’s “Black Panther.” The movie is one of Fandango’s top five pre-sellers of all time. Our critics review “Black Panther,” plus “Early Man,” starring Tom Hiddleston and Eddie Redmayne.
U.S. Olympic stars Nathan Chen and Mikaela Shiffrin flamed out yesterday at the Winter Games. We talk to a sports psychologist about the incredible pressure these athletes are under.
Melissa Todd, sports psychologist
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Trevor Noah on his brand of political comedy On Tuesday night, Trevor Noah spoke to Omarosa Manigault Newman, who’s been on the TV circuit promoting her anti-Donald Trump book. Trevor Noah has hosted The Daily Show for nearly three years. Now he’s nominated for an Emmy for the first time. We talk about that Omarosa interview, and using comedy to affect politics.
How bees play a crucial role in our food chain Much of the food we eat -- fruit, vegetables, nuts -- are all pollinated by bees. But bees are dying, and their hives are disappearing. Bees now have to be sent around the country to pollinate crops. We learn more about the nature of bees, and what’s at stake if their numbers continue to plummet.
Are short-term rentals taking over LA? When you think of short-term rentals like Airbnb, you might picture someone renting out a back house or a spare room. However, some LA property owners are turning entire apartment buildings into de facto hotels. That’s an issue for a city struggling with a housing shortage.
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