FROM Andy Murr
LA Archdiocese Settles Sex Abuse Case LA’s Roman Catholic Archdiocese , insurance companies and the orders of priests who engaged in sex abuse will pay 660 million dollars to settle fifteen suits brought by 508 plaintiffs. This weekend’s settlement was approved today by Superior Court Judge Haley J. Fromholz. After apologizing publicly to the victims yesterday, Cardinal Roger Mahoney sat quietly in the courtroom. Plaintiffs’ attorney Ray Boucher told the court the settlement provides “transparency and sunshine” and assures “victims they did nothing wrong—it was not their fault.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.