FROM Sam Biddle
Does hacking evidence justify new Russian sanctions? Sixteen US intelligence agencies are said to agree it was Russia that hacked into Democratic National Committee computers in an effort to influence last year's election. Republican Senator John McCain has accused Vladimir Putin of "an act of war." President Obama has imposed new sanctions. But President-Elect Trump has been skeptical, and Sam Biddle says the public just hasn't been shown enough evidence. He writes for The Intercept , the online publication, founded by Glenn Greenwald and dedicated to transparency in government.
Candy Crushing It King Digital Entertainment, maker of the addictive smartphone game “Candy Crush Saga,” expects to be worth more than $7.5 billion dollars when it goes public this month -- a figure that seems a bit inflated (to say the least) to some observers.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
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?
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.