FROM Elizabeth Ashford
State Parolees Headed for LA County This Weekend Los Angeles County will get the bulk of the inmates and parolees being released to ease overcrowding in state prisons, as ordered by federal courts. Since a process called "realignment," some 15,000 will be sent here, starting day after tomorrow. Governor Jerry Brown called realignment "the most viable way to comply" with the order. Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley called it "the state's budget crisis tail wagging the public safety dog" and said that the public would have to pay for the state's budget crisis "through increased victimization and the cost of increased crime." We hear about parolees to be supervised by the County Probation Department.
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?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.