FROM Mariel Garza
Is the LAPD Over-Reacting to a Hostile Atmosphere? Last Saturday night, two officers of the LAPD shot and killed a man in Van Nuys after the back window of their patrol car was broken out by a beer bottle. The man was unarmed, but has not been identified. The officers’ attorney says they rightfully feared for their lives because of a video they were shown at roll call. Chief Charlie Beck initially said the video represented a possible threat. Now he says that it did not. The editorial board of the LA Times says a lot of questions still need to be answered.
As Los Angeles Votes for a New Mayor, We Talk to the Old One For Antonio Villaraigosa, the days as Mayor of Los Angeles are dwindling down to a precious few. He'll be out of office on the first of July. Eight years ago, he became the first Latino to lead the city since 1872 and expectations were high for a man the national media were calling the "rock star" Mayor of LA. He joins us as voters are still casting ballots for someone to replace him.
Trutanich, the Candidate Who Promised Not to Run In next month's election, Carmen Trutanich is considered the front-runner among six candidates for LA County District Attorney — even though he promised to serve two terms as City Attorney. He hasn't even finished his first. Incumbent DA Steve Cooley supported Trutanich for that office, but has opposed to Trutanich replacing him when he steps down. (Since his mother was hospitalized early this week, Trutanich is not accepting requests for media interviews.) We get an update on the campaign.
Is Villaraigosa Going AWOL on the Job? The Daily News, which circulates mainly in the San Fernando Valley, has declared that Mayor Villaraigosa has " checked out ." In yesterday’s front-page editorial, Marielle Garza writes, "Just one year into his second term…Villaraigosa seems to have run out of steam." We speak with Garza and others close to the Mayor.
Trump fires FBI Director James Comey Vice President Mike Pence took the Administration's lead today in explaining why the President fired the Head of the FBI, saying, "The president made the right decision at the right time." Trump's action is being compared to the so-called "Saturday Night Massacre" that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation in 1973.
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?
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.