FROM Ali Khedery
Retaking Mosul As much as President Obama would like to say the case is closed on Iraq, he can’t yet. ISIS now has a strong presence in the country, including controlling Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. Last week, the White House announced that the U.S. will help Iraqi soldiers take back the city of Mosul from the terrorist group. Will that mean American boots on the ground? And what happens after that?
The Making of Maliki Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been in power since 2006. Now with the country teetering on the brink of collapse, should he stay in power? Yesterday, former British PM Tony Blair called for him to step down, though al-Maliki is refusing to go anywhere. But who is the man at the center of this? And was he the right man for the job in the first place, let alone going forward?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.