FROM Indira Lakshmanan
Obamacare lives to see another day Healthcare was back on the front burner on Capitol Hill, again. Senator John McCain said he can’t support a Republican effort to repeal and replace the law, most likely ending the GOP campaign to do so. Meanwhile, President Trump has been making waves on the world stage and got into a war of worlds with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
How will Trump and Putin's sit-down meeting play out? Ahead of President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, critics are angry that Trump is not expected to bring up Russian meddling in last year’s presidential election. What will the two discuss in their first bilateral talks? The list of possibilities is long: Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, Crimea, ISIS.
Is Washington missing the forest for the trees? As Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others testify about what they knew and who they talked to, is the basic issue being lost in the political drama? It's reported that Russian hackers gained access to the voting systems of 39 American states during last year's elections. There's no evidence they affected the outcome. But, as the fired FBI Director James Comey warned last week, "They'll be back." What's in store for America's democracy in the future? How does this compare to the long history of US involvement in other countries' elections?
Border wall becomes sticking point in fight over government funding Congress has until Friday to approve a new spending bill to keep the government from shutting down. President Trump wants money to build the US-Mexico border wall included in that bill. He’s said the wall would keep out drugs, gangs and illegal immigrants. But Democrats say they will block a budget that includes money for the wall. Some Republicans are skeptical, too.
Hillary Holds First Press Conference in 2016 Donald Trump has trashed Hillary Clinton for not holding a press conference for many months. Today, she did just that. Hillary Clinton addressed a rare audience today – reporters – specifically thousands of members of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. The Democratic candidate for president fielded several questions, ranging from the FBI finding regarding her private email server to what kind of meaningful conversations Clinton has had with African-American friends.
Tonight in Philadelphia: It's Up to Hillary Clinton To what started out as a divided convention, President Obama summed up the week's most important message in three words, "Don't boo. Vote." He acknowledged the troubles of some Americans, but said Hillary Clinton is uniquely qualified to continue the progress made during his eight years. He invoked Ronald Reagan's "shining city on a hill" in contrast to Donald Trump's dark vision of "a divided crime scene." We hear how Joe Biden, Tim Kaine -- even Michael Bloomberg — helped set the stage for tonight's acceptance by the first woman nominee for the White House. Photo courtesy of the Clinton campaign
Trump Tries on Being "Presidential" with Foreign Policy Speech Donald Trump talked foreign policy today to the Center for the National Interest, a group formerly known as the Nixon Center. To scattered applause, he repeated attacks on the Obama Administration for weakening America's military. He also repeated the claim, familiar to crowds of supporters at campaign events, that he is the only person who knows how to fix what's wrong in America. Indira Lakshmanan covered foreign policy and politics for Bloomberg News , and recently wrote, " The Mystery of the Two Hillarys " for Politico magazine.
ISIS Claims to Kill Another Journalist The group that calls itself the Islamic State has released a video claiming to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. Sotloff was captured in Syria last year while covering the conflict for outlets like Time Magazine and Foreign Policy. ISIS had been threatening to behead Sotloff if the US airstrikes against its fighters did not stop.
Obama’s Iraq Plan President Obama addressed the country today to talk about what the U.S. plans to do about the unravelling situation in the Middle East. The President has come under increased criticism lately for not doing more to stop the Sunni extremist group ISIS from taking over large sections of Iraq. In his speech, Obama said the US will send 300 military advisors to Iraq to help the country’s security forces. But he won’t send combat troops.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."