It's been a big day in Washington DC. A majority in the Senate voted to acquit President Trump on TWO impeachment charges. That vote brings this impeachment - the third in our nation's history - to a close. So what's next?
- Jack Pitney is the Roy P Crocker professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College
- Stan Goldman is a professor of law at Loyola Law School
California Primary Power
The fallout from the Iowa Caucus. Typically, during this process, a front runner emerges giving the rest of the country an idea of who just might make it on the presidential ticket. Not so this year. Due to a technical malfunction we STILL don't have all the results but what we do know leaves us kinda where we started: with no clear favorite. Of the Democratic candidates, Pete Buttigieg has a slight lede followed closely by Bernie Sanders with Elizabeth Warren in third Place. Joe Biden remains a relatively distant fourth. With rather muddled results out of Iowa, a lot of attention is being paid to California's Primary on March 3rd. Could the voters of this state be key deciders in who gets the Democratic nomination?
- Christina Bellantoni, Director of the Media Center at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Civil Rights Leader Baynard Rustin Pardoned
Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin whose life was turned upside by a criminal conviction in 1953 was pardoned posthumously by Governor Gavin Newsom. Rustin worked alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. He helped organize the 1963 March on Washington and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. But his legacy was always tainted for an arrest in Pasadena more than 60 years ago for having sex with men in a parked car. As a result, Rustin spent 50 days in jail and had to register as sex offender. The "morals charge" used as the basis for Rustin's prosecution was one of many discriminatory laws used to target LGBTQ folks at the time. Assemblymember Shirley Weber, along with Senator Scott Wiener, advocated for Rustin's pardon. Newsom's announcement is part of a new clemency initiative intended to pardon others who have been prosecuted in California for being gay.
- Katie Tinto, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Clinic at the UC Irvine School of Law
Two California communities - Oakland and San Franciso - have been engaged in a lawsuit with several fossil fuel companies the cities say have contributed to climate change by selling their products here. Wednesday in Pasadena, a panel of appellate court judges heard arguments about where this battle should be carried out —in the state courts or the federal courts.
- Sharon McNary, KPCC infrastructure correspondent
On the Lot
We're going to take a break from talking about Iowa and the primaries... and talk about a different voting story: the Oscars. Plus, the fallout and controversy following the Russell Simmons documentary. Let's go on the lot.
- Rebecca Keegan, The Hollywood Reporter
It HAD been that way for more than 20 years after the Raiders and the Rams left town in the nineties. Then the Rams came back in 2017 followed by the Chargers. Suddenly, L.A. went back to being a two-team football town again. Well, we're about to find out if three's a crowd because on Saturday ANOTHER football team will be in the mix, one with a brief L.A. past as part of a league born to be controversial.
- Mike Roe, covers Arts and Entertainment for LAist.com