Photo: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sworn in before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 13, 2017. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke before the Senate Intelligence Committee today. Sessions’ former colleagues wanted to know about his conversations with the President concerning Russia and former FBI director James Comey. And Senators also wanted to know why Sessions felt he could participate in firing Comey despite having recused himself from the Russia investigation.
Rep. Brad Sherman, who represents the San Fernando Valley, sent his colleagues a draft article of impeachment, along with a letter asking for their support. That support has not come yet, save one fellow House Democrat. Sherman admits that articles of impeachment won’t pass the House any time soon, but suggests this is an important step forward in a long process.
LACMA’s “Home: So Different, So Appealing” features work by about 40 artists from the Americas. This is the first show in Pacific Standard Time, a collection of art exhibitions taking over Southern California museums, galleries, and performance spaces. The theme is the “exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles”
Last night on Showtime, Oliver Stone met Vladimir Putin. It was the first of four nights of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of Putin being himself, called “The Putin Interviews.” They talk about Syria, Ukraine, the U.S. election. Stone even sits down with Putin to watch a DVD of “Doctor Strangelove.”
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This summer Netflix will offer “Glow,” where Alison Brie plays a struggling actress who becomes wrestler in LA; and “Gypsy,” which comes from the director of “50 Shades of Grey.” On FX, “Snowfall” is about the drug war in South LA. We get a preview of what to binge.
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