FROM Michael Mark Cohen
Do alt-right provocateurs deserve to be heard at UC Berkeley? Conservative writer Ben Shapiro is speaking at UC Berkeley tonight, and the campus is bracing for more violent protests. Shapiro’s visit comes ahead of Berkeley’s Free Speech Week that begins Sept. 24. More than a dozen speakers are scheduled to make appearances, including Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter, and Milo Yiannopoulos. Berkeley has already suffered clashes between far-right groups and the left. A lot of people would like to see these speeches cancelled by the university. But the University’s new chancellor, Carol Christ, says she believes “very strongly in Ben Shapiro’s right to speak on campus.”
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?