FROM Mark Paul
A Light at the End of the Budget Tunnel The Governor and legislative leaders worked out a $26 billion compromise Monday, but it was unclear if enough Democrats and Republicans would go along. Yesterday, GOP leaders said they’d been "double-crossed" on releasing some 27,000 prisoners from crowded state institutions. Last night, Zev Yaroslavsky told us why he and other Los Angeles Supervisors plan to sue over some aspects of the state budget plan. But there’s no doubt that local governments are the biggest losers. The problem begins with Proposition 13 . Today, the Governor, Assembly Speaker Karen Bass and Senate President Pro Tem Darrel Steinberg were in the arm-twisting business.
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?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.