FROM Joe Edmiston
A Rarity: A New Park in Downtown Los Angeles Two years ago, City Controller Laura Chick audited the Department of Parks and Recreation and found there was no way to assess the need for new parks in Los Angeles. That's a reflection of the way LA has developed over the years. We hear about efforts to put together a master plan, and about the first new park in downtown Los Angeles since 1895. It's called Vista Hermosa , or "beautiful view," and it's on 10.5 acres across the freeway from the urban skyline.
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?
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?