FROM Callie Schweitzer
USC Journalists and Swine Flu Victims Los Angeles County's Department of Health said today that an unexpected shortage has left it with 810,000 doses of swine flu vaccine compared to the 5.5 million people who fall within high-priority groups. Meantime, LA and Fresno are only two California counties making public the death certificates of swine flu victims. Many others are withholding them in apparent violation of state law. That story, which has been reported by KCET-TV and the Los Angeles City News Service, originated with " Neon Tommy ," the online journalism project of USC's Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism.
Future of the Palestinians as Trump welcomes Abbas President Trump says there's "no reason there can't be peace" between Israel and the Palestinians… but the first step will have to be unity between the West Bank and Gaza. Are the Palestinian Authority and Hamas any closer to speaking with one voice?
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Concern deepens amid Trump's controversies President Trump delivered today's commencement speech to the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. As he praised the accomplishments of the graduates, he listed some of his own… and made reference to reports that he leaked intelligence to the Russians and tried to shut down an FBI Investigation into his associates.
The free-flowing leaks in the Trump White House President Obama tried to clamp down on leakers, but the Trump Administration is besieged almost as never before. Are the "anonymous sources" partisans or worried professionals? Are they endangering the republic or performing a public service?