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.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
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, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.