U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, Nooses at ICE Facility, The Onion’s Scott Dikkers

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Congressman Eric Swalwell on Brett Kavanaugh
Today the Senate moved to clear the last procedural hurdle before a final vote on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That vote is scheduled for Saturday despite objections from Democrats that the FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh wasn’t thorough and is therefore not legitimate. Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto research psychologist, told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. After pressure from GOP Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), the White House agreed to a limited five-day FBI probe. We interview U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) to discuss what lies ahead for Judge Kavanaugh.

Nooses Found at ICE Detention Center
A new federal report has uncovered dangerous and disturbing conditions at an immigration detention center in Southern California. The facility in the town of Adelanto is operated by the Geo Group -- a private company under contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Inspectors with the Office of the Inspector General paid a surprise visit there and discovered nooses made from bed sheets in 15 cells. They also found detainees were being denied access to timely and adequate medical and dental care. Also this week, a federal judge in San Francisco blocked the Trump administration from ending a program that gave protected status to hundreds of thousands of immigrants.

Guests:

  • Farida Jhabvala Romero, KQED News reporter
  • Michael Kaufman, ACLU staff attorney

The Onion’s Scott Dikkers
Scott Dikkers is the founder and longest-serving editor-in-chief of the popular online satirical news outlet TheOnion.com, which has never shied away from taking jabs at public figures. This time, the best-selling author is aiming his sarcastic wit at Elon Musk, the outspoken and often flamboyant CEO of the companies Tesla and SpaceX, in a new book, “Welcome to the Future Which is Mine." Dikkers joins us to discuss the book, his time at The Onion and how he is able to find satire in any event.

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