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August 16, 2013


Hillary Clinton's Next Move

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drew national attention when she delivered her first major domestic policy speech in San Francisco at the American Bar Association's convention on Monday. Clinton's address calling for greater protection of voting rights was widely seen as the kickoff of a 2016 presidential run.


Federal Sentencing Reform

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced a major shift in federal sentencing policies in a speech in San Francisco. Meanwhile, the state of California makes plans to reduce its prison population by nearly 10,000 even as Gov. Jerry Brown appeals again to the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene. Also in California, a prisoner-led hunger strike protesting conditions in isolation units stretches into its sixth week.


Shasta Dam Expansion

A controversial $1 billion plan to add as much as 18 feet to the height of Shasta Dam has environmentalists, Native Americans, and agricultural interests at odds. Supporters say it would be a major boost to California's water supply but it would inundate sites sacred to the Winnemem Wintu and require the relocation of roads and property owners near Shasta Lake.


  • Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Michael Montgomery, KQED News and Center for Investigative Reporting
  • Craig Miller, KQED Science Editor

Tom Steyer Interview

KQED's Scott Shafer talks with San Francisco billionaire and green energy advocate Tom Steyer. A former hedge fund manager and founder of Farallon Capital Management, Steyer was the driving force behind last fall's Proposition 39. He's now using his resources to influence the Obama administration's climate change policy and to block the Keystone XL pipeline. A Democrat, Steyer recently supported BART workers at a rally and is considered a potential gubernatorial candidate for California.


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