FROM Louis Alvarado
One Million Trees and the 54 Ficus More than a year ago, Mayor Villaraigosa announced his plan for a million new trees in Los Angeles. But nobody knows how many have been planted, where, or what kind they are. Meanwhile there’s a media circus over fifty-four ficus trees in downtown Santa Monica that the City Council has voted to cut down. Activists call it a “Chainsaw Massacre.” A court has issued a restraining order and tomorrow night, activists plan to show up the City Council’s regular meeting.
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?