FROM Susan Cline
LA's Westside Faces a Slow-Pocalypse If you thought Westside traffic couldn't get any worse, it seems that public agencies are conspiring to achieve simultaneous disruption. The City of Santa Monica is about to start rebuilding the California Incline , which drops traffic down onto the Pacific Coast Highway. That's where LA County has extended a massive sewer repair at least until June. At the same time, Metro is bringing Expo Line construction down Colorado Boulevard almost to the Santa Monica Pier.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
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.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.