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The CIA says Russia meddled in the US election to help Donald Trump win. Trump rebuked the CIA’s report and challenged the agency’s credibility; and the FBI was reluctant to agree with the CIA on Russia’s motives.

With Donald Trump cozying up to Russia, the Republican Party is split on Russia and whether Islam is the new enemy.

Downtown LA developers are racing to get their projects approved before a potentially game-changing proposition appears on the March ballot.

When LA was a lot less developed, there were several utopian communities. We look at how they were organized and what happened to them.

Street vendors are technically illegal in LA, but the City Council may change that to protect undocumented immigrants after Trump is sworn in.

Photo credit: Stevo Vasiljevic.

Why the CIA and FBI disagree on Russia's motives 8 MIN, 26 SEC

The CIA says Russia meddled in the US election to help Donald Trump win -- through hacks and other cyber-attacks. Trump rebuked the CIA’s report and challenged the agency’s credibility. The FBI was reluctant to agree with the CIA on Russia’s motives.

Guests:
Michael Isikoff, Yahoo News (@Isikoff)

Do Republicans see Russia as friend or foe? 7 MIN, 59 SEC

Donald Trump’s seemingly cozy relationship with Russia represents a split within his party. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said, “The Russians are not our friends.” But during the campaign, Trump praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin. This split is related to the party’s view on Islam.

Guests:
Peter Beinart, City University of New York / Atlantic (@PeterBeinart)

Developers aim to fast-track big projects in LA 9 MIN, 7 SEC

Los Angeles is still in the midst of a major affordable housing shortage, yet residents will consider a measure in March that would temporarily halt big residential developments. It’s called the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative. Before voters weigh in, some developers are rushing to get their projects approved in places like downtown’s Arts District.

Guests:
Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times (@hawthorneLAT)

Paradise before it was paved: finding utopia in LA 12 MIN, 41 SEC

When Silver Lake’s Edendale was founded, it was a utopian community farm that housed celebrities, Mexican revolutionaries and labor activists. It’s just one utopian community that sprung up in LA a century ago. One writer mapped out some other spots in the city for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Guests:
Bonnie Johnson, Writer

How street vendors are integral to LA’s Latino food scene 8 MIN, 7 SEC

You see street vendors all over LA, but they’re technically illegal under city law. Today, a city council committee votes on a measure to change that. The councilmen behind the proposal says it could help protect thousands of undocumented immigrants from deportation under President Trump.

Guests:
Sarah Portnoy, Professor and author

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