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Two authors of torture memos are here in the West. One's going public; the other's not. Also, the high school exit exam gets bad grades, but state finance gets a shot in the arm. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, pressure is building to prosecute former Justice Department lawyers for supporting harsh interrogation techniques. Does the Obama Administration want to have it both ways?

Banner image: Former Justice Department official John Yoo testifies before the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing on the administration's interrogation policy on June 26, 2008. Yoo has cited attorney-client privilege in avoiding answering specific questions about his involvement in drafting the so-called "torture" memos. Photo: Melissa Golden/Getty Images


The Dark Side

Jane Mayer

Main Topic Torture Memos: Will the Truth Lead to Consequences? 26 MIN, 40 SEC

President Obama says Attorney General Eric Holder will have to decide if lawyers in the Bush Justice Department should be prosecuted for memos justifying harsh interrogation techniques. This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee revealed that dissenting legal views were brushed aside by the Bush White House. In testimony before a House subcommittee today, Holder stressed that he would not politicize policy differences but would pursue wrongdoing “to the full extent of the law…in an appropriate way.”

Philip Zelikow, Executive Director, 911 Commission
Jane Mayer, New Yorker (@JaneMayerNYer)
Glenn Greenwald, Salon.com (@ggreenwald)
Clifford D. May, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (@CliffordDMay)

Making News California Bond Sales Are Back! 5 MIN, 59 SEC

There’s good news about public finances in California. Some 5000 projects stalled by delays in the state budget will start up again thanks to yesterday’s one-day sale of $6.85 billion in bonds. State Treasurer Bill Lockyer presided.

Bill Lockyer, California State Treasurer

Main Topic Author of Torture Memo on the Ninth Circuit Court 11 MIN, 47 SEC

Two former Justice Department lawyers who wrote the controversial “torture memos” are now in the west. John Yoo is a tenured professor of law at UC Berkeley, currently visiting Chapman University in Orange County.  Jay Bybee is now a justice on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with a courtroom in Las Vegas. The two are handling their own cases very differently.

Carol Williams, Los Angeles Times (@cjwilliamslat)
Shaun Martin, Professor of Law, University of San Diego

Reporter's Notebook Is California's High School Exit Exam Discriminatory? 7 MIN, 8 SEC

Advocates of the California High School Exit Exam said it would boost student performance.  Opponents insisted it would increase the dropout rate.  It hasn’t done either one.  That’s according to a study financed by the James Irvine Foundation.  Associate Professor Sean Reardon at Stanford was the lead researcher

Sean Reardon, Stanford University (@StanfordEd)


Warren Olney

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