FROM Sam Allen
All Staff and Teachers Removed at Miramonte Elementary The entire faculty and staff of LA Unified's Miramonte Elementary School have been removed while accusations of bizarre sex-abuse are fully investigated. They'll be replaced by others specially trained to take over a school facing outraged parents and an avalanche of bad publicity. Superintendent John Deasy met with parents last night and emphasized to reporters that the actions being taken should not be seen "as a condemnation of an entire staff," but an attempt to "support staff, and simultaneously determine if there are individuals who have done something wrong."
State Assembly Votes to Dissolve Vernon The State Assembly today passed a bill that would dissolve the City of Vernon , the Los Angeles suburb with less than 100 residents and 1800 businesses. The vote was 60 to seven, with the minority warning about a loss of jobs. Sam Allen reports for the LA Times .
Storm Passes and the Grapevine Is Open Again Interstate 5 from between Castaic and Kern County was closed by yesterday's heavy snow and thousands of travelers were stranded all night. It's open now, but a lot of people won't forget what they went through. Sam Allen has been up on the Grapevine for the LA Times .
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
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?