FROM Johnny Achi
The Syrian Conflict: Los Angeles Points of View President Obama is making the rounds of news anchors on broadcast and cable TV, including tonight's conversation with Wolf Blitzer of CNN. This afternoon, the President briefed members of Congress, including two local Democrats who've taken different positions. Both base their conclusions on videos and intelligence presented in closed-door briefings. We talk with Brad Sherman of the San Fernando Valley and Janice Hahn, whose district includes San Pedro, Wilmington and Compton. We also hear from three local Syrian-Americans.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."
Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?' A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?