FROM Abby Sewell
More Oversight for LA County Sheriff's Office To counter protests over another controversial shooting, LA Sheriff Jim McDonnell has released footage showing that a man killed on Saturday by deputies in Lynnwood had a pistol in his hands. It's been a year since the Board of Supervisors created a civilian watchdog to investigate such incidents, but it still hasn't decided which records should be made available. A vote is scheduled tomorrow, and Abby Sewell is reporting the story for the LA Times .
Most Powerful Jobs in America's Biggest County Are Up for Grabs Few people may know the name of LA's County Assessor , but few elected officials have as direct an impact on more people. The current incumbent, John Noguez, is facing charges for allegedly lowering tax bills in exchange for bribes. Whether he is guilty or not, the case demonstrates where the Assessor's power lies. Noguez is trying to prove himself innocent of corruption charges and is not running again. No less than 12 people have filed to run for his job — and you've probably never heard of them, either. Is such a powerful job as County Assessor with so low a profile appropriate for public election?
Loaded Guns in Checked Bags on Flights? On Sunday, a loaded .38-caliber handgun fell out of a duffle bag being placed into the baggage compartment of an Alaska Airlines flight from LA, California to Portland, Oregon. It was turned over to airport police and the owner, who had not declared it, was allowed to take a later flight. Air travelers are familiar with pat-downs, limits on liquids and full-body scans. But while the Transportation Security Administration does not allow passengers to carry firearms onto airplanes, the TSA says guns in checked baggage are not its responsibility. Abby Sewell reports for the Los Angeles Times .
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.