FROM Chico Harlan
Inside the no-bid deal to detain Central American asylum seekers Between July 2015 and June 2016, more than sixty-six thousand parents and children came across the US border from Central America to escape violence in their home countries. Many of those families were detained at the border and when the deluge of asylum-seekers kicked off in 2014, authorities quickly came under pressure to do something with all those people. Enter the Corrections Corporation of America, the largest private, for-profit prison company in the US. The CCA scored a billion-dollar contract to construct an enormous facility for women and children near the border, and that deal is coming under new scrutiny now.
Michael Flynn ensnared in foreign payments scandal Congressman Elijah Cummings has released documents showing that President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments in 2014. Flynn still took a $45,000 speaking fee in 2015 from the Kremlin-backed news network RT.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
Scathing audit finds UC President's office hid $175 million A state audit says the Office of the President at the University of California has kept secret more than $175 million. The report says salaries are a lot a higher in that office than in comparable offices. The audit comes just months after the UC system won approval for its first tuition hike in six years.