Diplomatic meetings Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, and their Chinese counterparts were largely overshadowed by the release of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng from the American embassy, and the uncertainty around the conditions of his release. Christopher Johnson, a former senior China analyst at the CIA, explains the latest in both events.
A drug gang stormed a Mexican rehab clinic this week, killing 18 people. The execution was one of the most violent recent incidents in that country's brutal drug war. Time Magazine journalist Ioan Grillo has covered Mexican drug cartels for a long time, and he talks with us about why clinics are being hit and the future of Mexico’s grueling fight against the cartels.
“The general message the cartels send out to the public all the time with this kind of brutal murder...is don’t dare mess with us, don’t dare stand up against us: we will take you down.” — Ioan Grillo, Time Magazine journalist who has covered Mexican drug cartels for a long time
ABC’s “World News” anchor Charles Gibson is stepping down, and the network has chosen Diane Sawyer to take his place. This comes three years after Katie Couric became the first woman to solo host a national network news show, on CBS' "Evening News." Newsweek media critic Joshua Alston says Sawyer's hard news chops make her better suited for the demanding role than Couric was when she got her job.
Our health care roundtable discussions are sparking debate. One guest on Tuesday's show made a startling assertion: that the care her sick son received in the United States was far superior than the attention he would have gotten in Canada or England, a statement which jumpstarted the conversation among our listeners. To see just how America's health care system really stacks up against other countries, (and to check on yesterday's guest's assertion) we called Uwe Reinhardt. The Princeton professor of economics and public affairs has done extensive work comparing international health care systems.
When Hurricane Katrina hit, the damage to New Orleans devastated the city's health care system. Four years after the floods, one of the city's biggest hospitals is still closed. As the Crescent City continues to rebuild, residents are relying heavily on local community clinics. We talk to Karen DeSalvo, vice dean of Community Affairs and Health Policy at the Tulane School of Medicine; and Patricia Berryhill, clinical director of the Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic.
"25 organizations have opened clinics across the city that are very innovative ... They're taking care of 160,000 low-income people in a very new neighborhood-based way. ... One thing that’s got to be remembered epidemiologically is that a lot of these citizens of New Orleans had only access to emergency room care before the storm."” — Karen DeSalvo, vice dean of Community Affairs and Health Policy at the Tulane School of Medicine
California's budget is still in terrible shape, so the cash-strapped state is having a garage sale. Starting today at a warehouse in Sacramento, the state will be selling more than a thousand computers, jewelry, and 600 government vehicles, some signed by Governor Schwarzenegger. Eric Lamoureux, spokesman for the California Department of General Services, tells us what's for sale.
We speak to Nicholas Lemann, Dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and author of "The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy," about Kennedy's policy legacies in education and health care.