The Daily Beat

Premiere DateJul 8, 2013
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Yesterday The Center for Investigative Reporting published an article titled “Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval.”

The article’s author Corey G. Johnson writes:

Doctors under contract with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals, The Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

At least 148 women received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules during those five years – and there are perhaps 100 more dating back to the late 1990s, according to state documents and interviews.

From 1997 to 2010, the state paid doctors $147,460 to perform the procedure, according to a database of contracted medical services for state prisoners.


Today BBC News Europe published an article titled “France’s Total acquitted in Iraq oil-for-food scandal.”

The article reads:

A French court has cleared oil company Total, its chief executive and over a dozen other defendants of corruption charges related to the UN’s oil-for-food programme in Iraq.

The company had been accused of bribing Iraqi officials to secure oil supplies while Saddam Hussein was in power.

The UN programme permitted Iraq to sell limited quantities of oil in return for humanitarian supplies.


Today Think Progress published an article titled “Insurers Refuse To Cover Kansas Schools Where Teachers Carry Guns Because It’s Too Risky.”

The article’s author Aviva Shen writes:

In the wake of the Newtown massacre, several states passed laws to allow school officials to carry firearms on campus, arguing that more guns would keep students safe. Insurance companies apparently disagree now that these laws are beginning to take effect. In Kansas, where the law kicked in July 1, major insurers have deemed the new policy too risky and are refusing to cover schools that arm their employees.