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The Thomas Fire has been burning for two weeks across Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties — and it’s still not over. One firefighter has died and hundreds of homes have been lost. This past weekend, fire crews battled heavy winds as the flames pushed toward residential areas.
Representative Karen Bass of West LA talks about the federal government’s role in assisting with Thomas Fire relief. She also shares her perspective on the Republican tax bill, which could be voted on this week.
Earlier today, one of the most prominent judges on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced he would resign immediately. Judge Alex Kozinski faces more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct. We also discuss whether President Trump is trying to remove Robert Mueller over the Russia investigation.
There’s a new push for equal time and joint custody for dads. Judges are reconsidering what’s called the “tender years doctrine,” which gives custody to the mother in cases of divorce.
Brunch is a social ritual that’s inspired sweatshirts, think pieces and plenty of articles in the New York Times Styles section. It can happen anytime before 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. It often involves $18 scrambles, cheap champagne, and perhaps a Massive Attack re-mix. The authors of a new book argue that brunch is a time-squandering, soul-killing hellscape that’s ruining the essence of humanity.
Brendan Francis Newnam, former host of “The Dinner Party Download,” and author of “Brunch is Hell: How to Save the World By Throwing a Dinner Party” (@BFNewnam)
Rico Gagliano, former host of “The Dinner Party Download,” and author of “Brunch is Hell: How to Save the World By Throwing a Dinner Party” (@RicoGagliano)
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