FROM Corey Johnson
Did Prison Officials Violate State Law? Fifty years ago, forced sterilization of prisoners, the mentally ill and the poor was common in California. The legislature banned the practice in 1979, but as recently as 2010 former inmates and staff workers say, almost 250 women were given sterilization procedures in state prisons without official approval. That's according to Corey Johnson, who writes about money and politics for the Center for Investigative Reporting . We speak with him, and with Joyce Hayhoe, Director of Legislation and Communications for the California Prison Health Care Receivership Corporation, set up by a federal court to improve the medical system in California prisons.
State Doesn't Look for Cheaters on Standardized Tests California schools and teachers are graded by the Academic Performance Index . Statewide, 22 schools have had test scores thrown out this year, two in LA Unified, because of irregularities, including cheating by teachers. It appears that the schools turned themselves in, and that's good as far as it goes, because it turns out that a budget cut eliminated the state team that used to analyze test scores to catch the cheaters. The cut, made in 2009, was $105,000.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
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?