FROM Ted Balaker
You Can't Get There from Here Anymore Local planners say that Southern California will grow by 5 million people in the next 20 years, but past predictions of gridlock already are coming true on our streets and freeways. LA Times columnist Steve Lopez wrote about traffic "insanity" on the Westside of Los Angeles. The result was what he calls a "traffic jam of angst" in the form of reader response, not just from LA, but from Orange, Ventura and San Bernardino Counties. If you're stuck in freeway traffic, what would you pay to cut into an open lane and be on your way? Should the passengers required for carpool lanes be licensed drivers, who at least might have left their cars at home? Should Southern California finally have a real plan for growth, rather than helter-skelter development without regard to increased congestion? We look for solutions to LA’s most infuriating problem with public policy and transportation experts, and the man whose column created the bottleneck blog .
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?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.