FROM Adam Sieff
How Neighborhood Councils Could Save Los Angeles Today's election turnout undoubtedly will be very low, and that's a reminder that Los Angeles is a city so fragmented — complete with a mountain range down the middle — that self-government is a challenge. Two young men who grew up in different parts of Los Angeles didn't know each other until they went back east to college. Since then they've both worked on Capitol Hill, and are now second-year students at Stanford Law School. Adam Sieff, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and Salvador Perez, who comes from View Heights neighborhood near LAX, recently collaborated on a blog post on LA Observed.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
America's top diplomat faces challenges in Asia Whatever happened to America's "pivot to Asia?" That's just one of the questions left hanging since Rex Tillerson's first trip there as Secretary of State. Is the Trump Administration hoping to change Foreign Policy or maintain the status quo?
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.