FROM Guillermo Cespedes
Federal Gun Control and Gun Violence Here in LA… Gun violence is down in Los Angeles—but it still takes a heavy toll. Would today’s proposals by President Obama help to reduce it more? At Scripps College in Claremont today, sheriff’s deputies, local police and other first responders conducted drills on how to cope with a potential mass shooting. KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez was there.
Mayor Appoints Night Lights Director to Gang Czar Last week, Mayor Villaraigosa’s first so-called Gang Czar was elevated to Chief of Staff . Now, Reverend Jeff Carr has been replaced by Guillermo Cespedes, who has been heading up the Summer Night Lights program. He’ll be the Director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development .
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
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.
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?