FROM Sean Sullivan
Sony Pictures and Cyber Warfare The Los Angeles Times is reporting that two former employees filed a class action suit today against Sony Pictures over the massive computer breach that exposed details about upcoming movies, business deals, juicy Hollywood gossip—and the personal information of thousands of current and former workers. Sony is in major damage control three weeks after what FBI agents call a cyber attack of unprecedented sophistication. Executives are apologizing, but the flow of inside information continues as self-proclaimed hackers Guardians of Peace promise there’s more to come. Nobody knows if it’s really about The Interview, a Seth Rogen comedy about assassinating the leader of North Korea. The big questions are who did it and who might be next. Is every corporate communication system vulnerable to total exposure?
Governor Christie's Sandy Ads under Investigation Last week, it was all about gridlock on the George Washington Bridge . Today, the New Jersey Governor faces a federal investigation into possible misuse of government relief funds. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's devastation of the New Jersey shore, Chris Christie aired a series of TV ads called, "Stronger than the Storm." Last August, Bob Jordan of the Asbury Park Press reported that the campaign was paid for with federal relief money. Today, it's been revealed that the Obama Administration is conducting an investigation. We get an update from Jordan and from Sean Sullivan of the Washington Post .
NRA Points Finger at Media, Calls for Armed Guards in Schools The NRA's executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said today that the lives of 20 Connecticut first-graders might have been saved last week if school officials had guns. He called for every school to be protected by armed guards. La Pierre, who was twice interrupted by protesters with signs saying, "NRA Killing Our Kids," did not respond to the protesters or take questions from reporters. Sean Sullivan is political reporter for the Washington Post .
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
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?