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A school board race in West LA is on track to be the most expensive school board race in the nation. More than $5 million has been poured into the contest. Most of it is outside money. Some of it comes from big-name donors like Eli Broad. This race has become a stand-in for the charter versus traditional school debate. The two candidates join Press Play for a debate.
FBI Director James Comey said he felt “mildly nauseous” about perceptions that he may have influenced the presidential election. He testified on Capitol Hill six months after the election. Will we ever put it behind us?
Oral historian and author Jean Stein died Sunday of an apparent suicide in Manhattan. In her last book “West of Eden,” she told stories of five families who shaped LA, including her own family. Her father founded the media giant MCA in the 1920s. Stein’s works tackled the cult of celebrity, the loneliness of fame, and tensions between West Coast and East Coast ideas of success.
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Will the government meet the deadline to reunify families separated at the border? Next week is the deadline to reunite the thousands of kids separated from their parents at the border. The Department of Homeland Security said yesterday that they’re working to meet the deadline, but will not “cut corners.” We get an update on where these families are now.
How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
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