FROM Julian Pain
New Law Criminalizes the Recording of Violence in France Sixteen years ago, an amateur with a camera photographed officers of the LA Police Department beating an unarmed black man. Reported worldwide, the Rodney King incident led to changes in the rules of police behavior. Four days ago, the French constitutional council outlawed "happy slapping ," making a provision that would make it illegal for so-called "citizen-journalists" to record such events and post them on line. Julian Pain works on Internet Freedom in Paris for Reporters without Borders .
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.