FROM Steven Greenhut
Indictment Clouds Future of LA Sheriff Indicted on federal charges of mail fraud, witness tampering and conspiracy, the Sheriff pleaded not guilty yesterday. Today, after insisting he’d stay on the job, he said he’ll take a sixty-day leave of absence to fight the charges.
Proposition 90 and Eminent Domain Both sides call the last proposition on the ballot a “sleeper.” The money spent for and against it is small by this year’s standards, and there has not been a lot of debate--even though it could make a big difference for property owners or taxpayers, depending on which side you’re on. Proposition 90 would make it harder for local governments to take private property for public purposes and increase compensation for economic losses due to new laws or regulations.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
After Syria strike a new Trump doctrine emerges The President who promised an end to entanglements in the Middle East and snuggled up to Vladimir Putin has now outraged Russia with surprise missile attacks on Syria. That's raised questions about who's running the White House? We hear a variety of answers.