FROM Rick Famuyiwa
It's Almost Over at Hollywood Park The decline of horse racing as a favorite American sport means the decline, and now the fall, of Hollywood Park . It started in 1938. Walt Disney was an original shareholder. Bing Crosby, Desi Arnez, Lucille Ball and Ronald Reagan were horse owners and track regulars. Seabiscuit won the first Hollywood Gold Cup, and there’ve been other notable moments in the past 75 years. Independent producer David Weinberg describes one to begin this reminiscence before the last race is run this coming Sunday. (Weinberg's piece was brought to us by KCRW's Independent Producer Project .)
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.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
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