President Trump held a rally in Arizona last night. He talked about shutting down the government if Congress doesn't allocate money for the border wall. He urged Congress to get rid of the filibuster, and he railed against the news media. Will any of this translate into substance, or is it mainly politics as entertainment?
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The Los Angeles Times' new publisher and CEO Ross Levinsohn, along with new interim executive editor Jim Kirk discuss their plans for a newspaper that has been battered by years of layoffs. How do they see the paper competing against the New York Times and the Washington Post? How will the LA Times cover Los Angeles?
L: Jim Kirk is interim executive editor of the LA Times. R: Ross Levinsohn is the new publisher and CEO of the LA Times. Photos courtesy of the LA Times.
Julia Louis Dreyfus has played politician Selina Meyer for six seasons of HBO's Veep. She's won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy series every season the show has been on air. She's nominated again this year.
Julia Louis Dreyfus in "Veep." Photos courtesy of HBO.
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