Drug of Choice

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Mexico’s President Vincente Fox is considering a bill that would legalize the use of narcotics for personal consumption. The move is an attempt to defang Mexico’s powerful drug cartels, but it will make the country one of the most permissive in the world. Hector Tobar, Mexico City bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times looks at the implications for Mexico and the US. Plus: former Homeland Security Department Inspector General Clark Kent Ervin exposes the softspots in American security.

Drug of Choice

Hector Tobar, Mexico bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, author, Translation Nation: Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish Speaking United States (Riverhead Books Trade, 2006)
- reports on Mexico's move to legalize some hard drugs

» Mexico to Allow Use of ...


Superhero Needed

Clark Kent Ervin, former Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and currently is the director of the Homeland Security Initiative at the Aspen Institute and author, Open Target: Where America is Vulnerable to Attack (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)
- on national security vulnerabilities

» Aspen Institute's ...


Turning over a new leak

As if Valerie Plame hasn't had enough leaks disrupting her life, the formerly covert secret agent was in covert negotiations for a book deal until it was leaked in today's New York Times (presumably by a former literary staffer). Don't expect a grand jury to convene on the matter ...


Presidential Punchlines

Whatever about Stephen Colbert's subtle jabs at the President last weekend, late-night TV comedians -- with their more overt humor -- made W. the butt of their jokes 307 times, according to the Center for Media and Public affairs.

From the AP:
During the first three ...


Required Reading: May 4, 2006

In which: Moussaoui dodges death penalty, Greenpoint developers fight over burnt building site, New York State pushes for DNA criminal database, post office pushes "forever stamp", and Americans signal they're not ready for a female president - at least in TV land

Moussaoui Sentenced to Life for Role in ...


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