The Latest: January 2013

Iraq / War on Terror
Judge Orders End to Mysterious “Censor” at 9/11 Trial

The judge in the military commission hearing of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed sought to put an end Thursday to outside interference from a censor with the ability to block an audio feed of the courtroom. (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
Confusion Reigns at 9/11 Suspects’ Hearing This Week

The pre-trial hearings in the military commission of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants stalled midway through the … Continue reading (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Senators Ask DOJ: Is Wall Street Really “Too Big to Jail”?

Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) want to know whether the DOJ avoided prosecuting banks in order to protect financial markets. (read more »)

Obama’s Concerns Focus Super Bowl Talk On Player Safety

The president said that if he had a son, he'd think twice about letting him play football. His comments, which have spurred a range of reaction from players, come amid an NFL season in which 170 concussions have been reported on team injury reports. (read more »)

Iraq / War on Terror
Who Controls the Censors at 9/11 Mastermind Tribunal?

The judge was as confused as anyone as to why an audio feed of the hearing was cut off. (read more »)

Senators Unveil Bipartisan Blueprint for Immigration Reform

Their plan includes a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants in the country, "contingent" upon success in securing borders. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Eric Schneiderman: Mortgage Task Force Eyeing Broader Suits

The appetite is growing for cases that address systemic fraud during the financial crisis, says the co-chair of the Obama administration's Mortgage-Backed Securities Working Group. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Judge Gives American 35 Years For Plotting Mumbai Attacks

Although David Coleman Headley avoided the death penalty, Judge Harry Leinenweber says the sentence "will keep him under lock and key for the rest of his natural life." (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Report: DOJ Criminal Chief Lanny Breuer Stepping Down

Lanny Breuer is leaving his position as head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. As assistant attorney … Continue reading (read more »)

Family of Junior Seau Files Wrongful Death Suit Against NFL

The family Junior Seau is suing the NFL, claiming the linebacker's suicide last May was caused by head trauma he sustained over more than 20 seasons in the league. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Did Wall St. Get Away With It? Live Chat Wed. 2 pm ET

Join us for a live chat on "The Untouchables" with producer Martin Smith and New York Times DealBook reporter Peter Eavis at 2pm ET on Wednesday, January 23rd. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
Too Big To Jail? The Top 10 Civil Cases Against the Banks

In nearly every major legal case to emerge from the crisis, government prosecutors have won multi-million dollar settlements, but companies and officials have not been required to admit wrongdoing. (read more »)

New Study Finds Brain Damage in Living Ex-NFL Players

It's the first time researchers have identified signs of the crippling brain disease known as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE, in living patients. (read more »)

Business / Economy / Financial
“Fraud Was … the F-Bomb”

Well before the housing bubble burst, alarm bells were beginning to sound among key players in the mortgage industry: due diligence underwriters. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Court Rulings Set Parameters of WikiLeaks Suspect’s Trial

PFC Bradley Manning's defense will not be allowed to introduce motive at his court-martial. (read more »)

Afghanistan / Pakistan
Mumbai Massacre Accomplice Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

A federal judge Thursday sentenced a Chicago immigration consultant to 14 years in prison for his role in supporting the Pakistani terrorist group that worked with Pakistan's intelligence service to carry out the 2008 Mumbai attacks and plot a follow-up strike in Denmark. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Watchdogs Urge IRS to Investigate “Dark Money” Group

Two campaign-finance watchdog groups urged the IRS on Wednesday to investigate whether the nonprofit Western Tradition Partnership submitted false information to obtain its social welfare status in 2008. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
“Inside Obama’s Presidency”: His Second-Term Agenda

Four years ago, Barack Obama hinted at his desire to be a transformative president. With Inauguration Day less than a week away, six of the country's leading journalists discuss how he can meet that mark in his second term. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Telling the Story of Obama’s White House

Join a live chat Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET on "Inside Obama's Presidency" with producers Mike Wiser and Jim Gilmore, along with Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
The Republicans’ Plan for the New President

On the night of Barack Obama's inauguration, a group of top GOP luminaries quietly gathered in a Washington steakhouse to develop plans for taking on the new president. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
“Inside Obama’s Presidency”: Discussing the First Term

Four years ago, Barack Obama hinted at his desire to be a transformative president. With Inauguration Day less than a week away, six of the country's leading journalists discuss whether he has met that mark. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
FRONTLINE & Longreads: Inside Obama’s Presidency

Tomorrow, as Obama's second inauguration nears, FRONTLINE will air a probing look at the first four years of his presidency. FRONTLINE and Longreads have partnered to cull the best long-form reporting and reading on President Obama’s first term. (read more »)

Government / Elections / Politics
Montana Court Rules “Dark Money” Group Violated State Law

The court found that Western Tradition Partnership, the focus of FRONTLINE's October investigation "Big Sky, Big Money," used "subterfuge" to avoid complying with state disclosure law during the 2008 election cycle. (read more »)

Junior Seau Suffered Chronic Brain Damage, NIH Study Finds

The former NFL linebacker, whose suicide stunned the football world, suffered from the same chronic brain condition that has also been documented in the brains of 50 deceased players, NIH researchers have found. (read more »)

Live Chat 3:30 pm ET Thursday: Assessing Rhee’s Reforms

Join a live chat on "The Education of Michelle Rhee" with the film's correspondent, John Merrow, and a panel of leading journalists and experts. You can leave a question now. (read more »)

Education Department Finds No Evidence Of Widespread Cheating On D.C. Exams

A Department of Education investigation has found no evidence of widespread cheating in the Washington, D.C. school system in response to a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former principal. (read more »)

Foreign Affairs / Defense
Judge Refuses to Dismiss Charges Against WikiLeaks Suspect

However, Army Col. Denise Lind, who is heading Bradley Manning's court-martial, did award him a 112-day reduction in any future sentence due to his mistreatment in solitary confinement. (read more »)

Remembering Richard Ben Cramer

Filmmaker Thomas Lennon recalls working with the legendary journalist and FRONTLINE correspondent on "The Choice '92." Cramer passed away from lung cancer yesterday. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Mississippi Doctor’s Autopsies at Center of Wrongful Conviction Filings

Four petitions have been filed arguing that the testimony of Mississippi forensic pathologist Dr. Steven Hayne led to wrongful convictions. (read more »)

Michelle Rhee: “The Bee Eater”

As a young elementary teacher in Baltimore, Michelle Rhee struggled to capture the attention of her students. That is, until the day she won over her classroom with a surprising move. (read more »)

Health / Science / Technology
Texas Legislator Proposes Crackdown on For-Profit Dental Chains

Outraged by allegations that corporate chains put profits ahead of patients, a leading Texas Republican has proposed legislation that would allow the state to regulate chains and forbid them from forcing dentists to meet revenue quotas. (read more »)

Concussion Watch: Wild Card Weekend Roundup

Nearly 10 players per week were diagnosed with a concussion during the NFL regular season, but that figure is poised to hit zero when the first injury report to reflect postseason action is released later this week. (read more »)

StudentsFirst Gives 11 States Failing Grades on Public Education

Today the education reform group StudentsFirst, led by former D.C. public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, released a report grading states based on adherence to its platform, giving 11 states failing grades of F. The highest grade any state received was a B-. (read more »)

Criminal Justice
Facing a Second Trial, Ernie Lopez Takes Plea Deal

An Amarillo man whose conviction for sexually assaulting a child was reversed after experts questioned forensic evidence used against him, pleads guilty to a reduced charge. (read more »)

Concussion Watch: Week 17 Roundup

At least 10 players left games with possible head injuries on the last day of the NFL regular season Sunday, but because only playoff teams will continue releasing injury reports through next month's Super Bowl, no more than three of those injuries can be officially tallied. (read more »)

What’s Coming Up in January on FRONTLINE

Here at FRONTLINE, we're kicking off 2013 with three new films that ask tough questions: about education reform, the president's first term, and accountability in the banking sector. Watch the previews. (read more »)



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