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Dodd Makes Jobs a Priority
Today's show was supposed to feature Chris Powell, the crusading managing editor of the Journal Inquirer, who is suing the Hartford Courant for stealing his news stories. He's been sick, so we're re-scheduling. Instead, we got a chance to talk with Senator Dodd for a few minutes late yesterday about his new jobs plan. Some interesting ideas in here, including investment in "micro-lending" for small business and "Connecticut Care Corps" - which he hopes will put people to work in the health care field.
We also talked about investing in rail and other transportation infrastructure, something we keep hearing about in the state, but can't seem to get moving, as The Courant's Rick Green points out. Dodd also says "he's made mistakes" but plans to keep going in his re-election bid, despite what Politico calls poll numbers that are "mind-bendingly lousy."
"Honest Services" and the Court
Yesterday's show with attorney and author Harvey Silverglate set us up for an interesting day of watching the Supreme Court. At issue are so-called "honest services" provisions, a big part of a vague legal system that Silverglate says, puts us all in jeopardy. Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent makes the case that federal laws are so wide-reaching and vague that most of us violate them all the time without ever intending to or even realizing it. Today, the court hears two cases on "honest services" - used in concert with mail and wire fraud claims - to prosecute politicians and businesspeople alike. Listen for more from NPR's Nina Totenberg later today...