FROM Brittany Levine
Discomfort Over Glendale's 'Comfort Woman' Statue Last July, a half-ton bronze statue was erected in Glendale's Central Park, showing a woman in traditional Korean clothing next to an empty chair. A plaque explains that she's emblematic of the 80 to 200 thousand women allegedly enslaved as "comfort women" during World War II to serve as prostitutes for Japanese soldiers. Delegations of Japanese officials have visited Central Park and asked that the statue be removed. Now Glendale's being sued by Glendale resident Michiko Shiota Gingery. Brittany Levine is covering the story for the LA Times .
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.