Motel owner Joe Patel poses at his motel. Photo credit: Matt Rogers.
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Chuck Schumer said the Senate should wait to confirm a new Supreme Court nominee -- using the same argument Republican Mitch McConnell used to refuse to vote on President Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland. But Schumer doesn’t control the Senate. So there’s little chance Republicans will wait. That leaves activist Democrats wondering if there’s anything they can do to influence who ends up on the Supreme Court after Anthony Kennedy steps down at the end of July.
Dan Pfeiffer. Photo credit: Amy Ta
Republican Rod Rosenstein -- appointed by Donald Trump to oversee the Russia investigation -- faced heated attacks by fellow Republicans at a hearing today. We learn what happened, and why.
Owner operator of the Palm Tree motel in North Hills, Mike Patel said he already has half his rooms occupied by homeless families and is paid by vouchers from families sent by homeless service provider LA Family Housing. However, other owners aren’t so sure that’s a good idea.
Bikram Choudhury created Bikram Yoga, a 26-pose routine performed in 100-degree rooms. At his peak, more than 600 yoga studios in the US bore his name. Choudhury could command more than $10,000 from every person who wanted to attend his training sessions. But six women ultimately accused Choudhury of sexual assault and harassment. The scandal destroyed his empire. It left hundreds of his devotees and those who built their businesses and livelihoods around his yoga reeling. That story is the focus of the latest season of ESPN’s 30 for 30 podcast series.
Julia Lowrie Henderson, Reporter on ESPN’s 30-for-30 podcast series on Bikram Yoga
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Trevor Noah on his brand of political comedy On Tuesday night, Trevor Noah spoke to Omarosa Manigault Newman, who’s been on the TV circuit promoting her anti-Donald Trump book. Trevor Noah has hosted The Daily Show for nearly three years. Now he’s nominated for an Emmy for the first time. We talk about that Omarosa interview, and using comedy to affect politics.
How bees play a crucial role in our food chain Much of the food we eat -- fruit, vegetables, nuts -- are all pollinated by bees. But bees are dying, and their hives are disappearing. Bees now have to be sent around the country to pollinate crops. We learn more about the nature of bees, and what’s at stake if their numbers continue to plummet.
Are short-term rentals taking over LA? When you think of short-term rentals like Airbnb, you might picture someone renting out a back house or a spare room. However, some LA property owners are turning entire apartment buildings into de facto hotels. That’s an issue for a city struggling with a housing shortage.
The fracturing of the far-right, one year after Charlottesville On Sunday, white nationalists plan to march on Washington -- one year after the rally in Charlottesville. We talk with a reporter who’s been tracking neo-Nazi groups behind that action, and investigating why law enforcement failed to intervene in the violence.
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