Monday, April 5, 2010

Patt Morrison for Tuesday, April 5, 2010


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

1-3 p.m.





1:06 – 1:19




1:21 – 1:58:30

Health care, immigration reform, mid-term elections: all in a day’s work for Xavier Becerra

Back in the district on Spring recess, Congressman Xavier Becerra is fresh off a landmark legislative victory in getting health care reform out of Congress and onto the president’s desk.  But the Congressman’s “to-do” list only starts with health care:  next up is an immigration bill that provides a clear path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants in the U.S., a jobs-creation bill with real muscle, a spot on the national debt commission and a vital role in defending Democratic seats in the Congressional mid-term elections.  Combine all of that with priorities from back home in Los Angeles and the Congressman is a busy man, but not too busy to stop by the studio with Patt to take your questions and comments on a litany of subject.



Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-California’s 31st District; Vice-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus




2:06 – 2:30

U.S. begins 5-month push into Afghanistan

In what officials are referring to as “March Madness,” the military is gearing up for one of the largest movements of troops since World War II, set to occur over the next five months.  The plan involves packing up containers of tents, showers and construction material needed to set up a remote forward operating base, in addition to removing 50,000 American forces from Iraq and transferring 30,000 reinforcements through the Khyber Pass linking Pakistan and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Afghan president Hamid Karzai is ruffling feathers and raising suspicions in Washington that he’s a less-than-reliable partner in creating a stable, corruption-free Afghan government.



Matthew P. Hoh, former Marine who fought in Iraq, joined the State Department after leaving the military and was a diplomat in a Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan before he resigned in November 2009 in protest over President Obama's strategy, saying he believed the war was fueling the insurgency



Seth Jones, former advisor and plans officer for the Commanding General, U.S. Special Operations Forces in Afghanistan; he is a political scientist at RAND and the author of “In the Graveyard of Empires”


  • Aggress with much of the fighting strategy in Afghanistan
  • Doesn’t think things are hopeless; actually thinks the Taliban is very weak right now
  • Thinks the approach needs to be more bottom-up, we need to stop fixating on the central government and Karzai and go more local, into villages




2:30 – 2:39




2:41 – 2:58:30

Harold Evans’ Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times

Harold Evans, editor of the Sunday Times from 1967 until Rupert Murdoch acquired the paper in 1981, made a name for himself by pursuing stories hidden from public view, as he did when, upon his arrival at the paper, he pushed against the Ministry of Health to cover the stories of families affected by use of the sedative drug thalidomide.  Evans pushed the envelope, publishing pictures of children who had been born missing limbs. That editorial decision landed him in court with the British government, trading victories and appeals until the case ultimately ended up before the European Court of Human Rights.  Evans' eventual triumph there forced the British government to reform its law blocking free speech in cases of what he claimed was "manifest injustice.” Patt talks with Sir Evans about his adventures in reporting and the remarkable changes he witnessed in the newspaper industry, from typing four carbon copies at his Underwood typewriter, to the age of the internet and Rupert Murdoch.



Sir Harold Evans, former editor of the Sunday Times (1967-1981), he was knighted for his service to journalism in 2004; he is the author of the New York Times bestseller “The American Century” and “They Made America,” and “My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times”




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