FROM Henry Weinstein
California Faces More Delays in Restarting Executions For five years, California has spent $137 million a year to maintain death row, without executing a single inmate. Death Row now has more than 700 inmates. Yesterday, the Schwarzenegger Administration gave up on executing condemned rapist and killer Albert Greenwood Brown, Jr. tonight, saying there was no time to deal with legal issues before a drug loses its potency on Friday. Henry Weinstein is former LA Times reporter who now teaches law and journalism at the University of California-Irvine.
Sam Zell's Deal from Hell The "deal from Hell" is what Sam Zell calls his purchase of the Tribune Company , including the Los Angeles Times . BusinessWeek magazine calls is " one of the most disastrous the media world has ever seen." On this special rebroadcast of Politics of Culture, we hear how Zell's miscalculations will impact the paper and its long-suffering employees. Will Lewis speaks with former Los Angeles Times legal reporter Henry Weinstein, media merchant banker Porter Bibb and BusinessWeek's Emily Thornton.
Buyouts Gut the Los Angeles Times The and the Daily News have reduced the size of their newsrooms. The Long Beach Independent has become a bureau of the Daily Breeze . Now the LA Times has bought out 30 newsroom veterans with the prospect of more to come. Those leaving include the winners of Pulitzer Prizes and reporters with expertise and historical memory that’s important and hard to come by.
US Court Rules in Favor of Domestic Spying Program In Cincinnati today, a major victory for the Bush Administration. The US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a challenge against the controversial practice of surveillance without warrants. Henry Weinstein covers the court system for the Los Angeles Times .
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.