FROM Bill Lansdowne
Is Prop 47 Having Unintended Consequences? Less than four months ago, California voters passed Proposition 47 , reducing six felony crimes to misdemeanors. As expected, jail overcrowding has been reduced statewide, including in Los Angeles County. In addition, arrests are down—while property crimes are on the increase. Some law enforcement officers say there’s a connection. Cindy Chang is reporting the story for the LA Times .
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.