FROM Justin Kirby
LA Teachers Protest Stalled Contract Talks Several thousand Los Angeles teachers turned out last night to point flashlights on LA Unified offices downtown and in the San Fernando Valley. Their contract ran out in July and, five months later, they claimed they were pushing for higher salaries and shining the light on continuing waste by the LAUSD . They're exerting pressure on candidates for the March school board election by withholding endorsements. We look at the politics of education and what goes on in the classroom.
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?
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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?