FROM Chris Dufresne
BCS Controversy Is Backdrop to College Football Championship A few college bowl games already have been played, but the Big ones, including the Rose and Fiesta Bowls tomorrow and the BCS Championship on January 10, are yet to come. They are the dream of every college team, but some teams are guaranteed a chance to get there — and some teams aren't. Chris Dufresne writes about sports for the Los Angeles Times.
A "Great Sports Town" and Its Trouble with Football This year's Rose Bowl decided the championship of college football. In next month's game, USC and Michigan will be also-rans--and the NFL has been gone for 12 years. The Pac 10 will again play the Big 10 again next month at the Rose Bowl, but the 93-year tradition is turning into just another college game. Meantime, another, less celebrated, tradition was established 12 years ago. That's when the pro-football Rams left Anaheim and the Raiders departed the LA Coliseum. Ever since, the National Football League has played hard-to-get with a series of public officials.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.