FROM Michael Barbour
Traffic Snarls without Warning There's more trouble ahead for traffic in Westwood and the Sepulveda Pass. Metro's weeks of warning about "Carmageddon" gave drivers plenty of time to plan alternatives to using the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass for one weekend this past July. But this morning, Metro started three months of reduced lanes on Sepulveda Boulevard without any public notice until last Friday. It waited until then to issue a press release advising motorists to "plan ahead and allow additional time to reach their destinations."
'Rampture' on the 405 at Wilshire Boulevard There are eight on-and-off ramps where the 405 Freeway meets Wilshire Boulevard on the West side of Los Angeles. Built for a different era, they are notorious for dangerous and time-consuming congestion. In the next few months, all of them are going to be closed for reconstruction — two at a time. It's all part of the commuter-lane addition that brought us three days of Carmageddon . The "Rampture" will go on a lot longer.
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.
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?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.