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This afternoon, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said, “The president has accepted the recommendation of the Attorney General and the deputy Attorney General regarding the dismissal of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” The bureau’s director was fired. Was he fired for mishandling the Clinton emails, or because he was investigating the Trump campaign’s Russia ties?
There is an unexpectedly interesting city council election next week in Los Angeles. Incumbent Gil Cedillo is facing first-time challenger Joe Bray-Ali. Bray-Ali’s campaign blew up after it was revealed he made repeated offensive comments online. But Cedillo is also under fire for taking money from LA developer Geoff Palmer, and not being responsive to his constituents. We hear from Cedillo today.
Gil Cedillo is in the May 16th runoff election for LA City Council District 1.
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Chris Burden is the artist behind the Instagram-famous street lamps at LACMA. But in the ‘70s, his performance art scared and confused visitors and critics alike. He made a name for himself when he hired a man to shoot him in the arm for the sake of performance art. He also nailed himself to a car in Venice beach, and held a knife to an interviewer on live TV. All of this is in the new documentary “Burden.”
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