Photo: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck discuss 2013 crime statistics for the city of Los Angeles, 13 January, 2013. (Courtesy of Scott L)
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Republican Karen Handel won yesterday’s election in Georgia. It was the closest race in the GOP-held district in nearly 40 years. If Democrats weren’t already looking to the 2018 mid-terms to reclaim losses in last year’s election, they are now. Tuesday, a new super PAC called Fight Back California launched. Its mission is to flip seven California districts from red to blue in 2018.
A bill making its way through the legislature would make all of California a sanctuary state. That bill has divided the state’s law enforcement community. This week, LA police chief Charlie Beck came out in favor of it.
Truckers who work the ports in LA and Long Beach went on strike this week. Some port truckers regularly work 20-hour days for little pay -- one man made just 67 cents a week. They must finance their own trucks. If they miss payments, they can lose the truck and money they’ve paid into it. They have little protection under the law because they’re classified as independent contractors.
Souad Mekhennet has dedicated her life to understanding people who commit terrorist acts. She’s interviewed some of western society’s most wanted men, including members of Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the leader of ISIS’ hostage program. Her new memoir about her career covering terrorism is titled “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.”
Souad Mekhennet is author of "I Was Told to Come Alone:
My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.” (Photo by Zeljko Pehar)
The Instagram-famous brunch snack is still a big selling point for chefs. Restaurants are adding speciality toppings like pickled shallots and tomato confit to give their avocado toast an edge. And there’s no shortage of cultural backlash. Avocado toast has come to symbolize everything from millennial hipster culture to gentrification.
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