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On Monday, a federal judge in Washington said the government must release or hold hearings for more than 1000 asylum seekers currently in detention. These aren’t families who’ve been separated at the border. These are asylum seekers who’ve been held in custody for months or years. For the families at the border, the saga continues with court cases and conflicting statements about what’s happening. We sort out what’s going on across the country and in LA.
New details are out on how EPA chief Scott Pruitt spends money and assigns work to his staffers. He asked multiple people to help find a job that pays $200,000/year for his wife. He also asked them to review a rental agreement, so he could get out of paying a penalty. And don’t forget the soundproof booth and regular first class flights.
The Los Angeles County Jail is the largest psychiatric ward in America. About a quarter of the men imprisoned in LA and nearly half of the women need some form of mental health care. Across the country, jails and prisons are increasingly being forced to provide psychiatric care for their inmate patients. These institutions are not set up to do that.
The nation that invented soccer has a love-hate relationship with the World Cup. Press Play’s Christian Bordal sat down with English expat Roger Bennett right before the World Cup began. Bennett is one of the duo that calls themselves “Men in Blazers,” a TV show and podcast about the game. Their new book is “Encyclopedia Blazertanica: A Suboptimal Guide To Soccer, America's Sport Of The Future Since 1972.”
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Will the government meet the deadline to reunify families separated at the border? Next week is the deadline to reunite the thousands of kids separated from their parents at the border. The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that they’re working to meet the deadline, but will not “cut corners.” We get an update on where these families are now.
How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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