FROM Garen Wintemute
California Researches Gun Violence California is taking gun violence research into its own hands. In the state budget passed this week, the California legislature included $5 million to create a gun violence research center. That doesn’t sound like much money, but it’s a big deal because for the last 20 years, federal agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have been prevented by Congress from researching gun violence. Three years ago, more than 100 scientists signed a letter asking the CDC to resume studying ways to reduce gun violence. President Obama ordered the agency to do so. But Congress continues to block funds for this research and federal agencies are mostly trying to stay clear of the controversy. What can the Golden State do?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?