FROM Conrad Fink
Tribune Board Meets as Mutiny at the LA Times Continues Publisher Jeff Johnson and Editor Dean Baquet still have their jobs, at least for the moment, after a public challenge to LA Times owners at Tribune Publishing in Chicago. Twenty high-profile Los Angeles civic leaders have asked Tribune to improve local coverage or sell the paper. They've been joined by a virtual Times' staff revolt against prospective reductions. Meantime, Los Angeles readers will be seeing bylines from other papers owned by Tribune. Is the paper actually better since Tribune took over? Should the rebellious executives have been fired? What's the atmosphere inside the LA Times? When will the mutiny come to an end?
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Getting answers on phone taps, Russia and leaking The Directors of the FBI and the NSA testified on Capitol Hill today there's no evidence for President Trump's claim he was wire-tapped by former President Obama. We'll hear about that and the investigation into Russian tampering with last year's presidential campaign.