University of Pennsylvania
FROM Brian Rosenwald
How the Comey hearing played on different media outlets The cable networks were all airing James Comey’s hearing live, but they built completely different narratives about the Comey-Russia story. One exonerates the president, while the other sees him as a liar who obstructed justice.
The Conservative Media Split Donald Trump has split the Republican Party. He’s also split the conservative media. Personalities like Rush Limbaugh praise him, while Glenn Beck and Fox News bash him. In the latest dustup, several executives and journalists at the right-wing site Breitbart News have resigned in the past week. They say the site has turned into propaganda for Trump. They also claim the organization abandoned one of its own reporters, who’s accusing Trump’s campaign manager of violently shoving her at an event. But did the same media machine now in turmoil over Trump also help create him?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Shaking up the USDA, 'The Beef Cookbook' and 'Tartine All Day' Peggy Lowe explains why Trump’s pick for USDA Secretary is rattling rural America. Dario Cecchini talks future plans for Chianti ramen, and Richard Turner shares cuts from “PRIME: The Beef Cookbook.” Writer Matthew Sedacca looks at the controversy behind liquid smoke. Jonathan Gold tries Chengdu-style dishes, and Elisabeth Prueitt of Tartine fills us in on the latest. Plus, chef Michael Beckman shares a recipe for cactus confit.
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.”