FROM Megan Greenwell
LA's Brain Drain Problem The latest Labor Department report showed that the U.S. economy only created 38,000 jobs in May. It’s the third month of consecutive decline in job creation nationally, but job creation in Los Angeles is actually looking pretty good. This week, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation released a report forecasting that the County will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the next four years. Unfortunately, most of those jobs will be low-skilled, low-paying and don’t require more than a high school diploma. So where does that leave the many young professionals and college graduates in Los Angeles, a city that keeps getting more expensive?
Iraq to Review Security Contractors after Shooting After a shoot-out involving Blackwater USA , the government of Iraq wants to crack down on private America's security contractors. Megan Greenwell is in Baghdad for the Washington Post .
Bombing Kills Scores in Kirkuk The northern city of Kirkuk today saw its deadliest attack by insurgents since the start of the war in Iraq. A suicide truck bomb and two smaller car bombs killed at least 85 people and wounded almost 200 more. Megan Greenwell is following the story for the Washington Post .
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?
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.