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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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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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