- Newsmaker: A Race to the Finish Line. The LA Mayoral Elections - Los Angeles is electing a new mayor today. The job is officially non-partisan, and Republican Richard Riordan will be succeeded by one of two liberal Democrats. With few policy differences between the candidates, their campaigns have featured personal appeals to America's most diverse electorate. City Attorney James Hahn is white, but he commands a majority of the black vote. Former Assemblyman Antonio Villaraigosa would be the first Hispanic Mayor in 129 years.
- Reporter's Notebook: AIDS Pioneer Michael Gottlieb - It was just 20 years ago today that the Centers for Disease Control published an article about several gay, white men in Los Angeles whose immune systems were failing to cope with a previously controllable form of pneumonia. It was the first report of the disease that came to be known as AIDs. The author was Dr. Michael Gottlieb, an immunologist at UCLA.
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Special: ‘Trump Baby’ flies over Big Ben… President Trump flies to Europe this week for meetings with NATO, the Queen and Russia’s President Putin. But the president won’t be the only Trump flying when he lands in the UK. An enormous, orange “Trump baby” balloon, complete with a diaper and cell phone is set to float just above the streets of London, for all to see. What else do British protestors have in store?
On the road to SCOTUS: Politics trumps the law Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation looks highly likely, but crucial issues won’t go away. The Supreme Court may see cases involving abortion, health care and the limits of presidential power. Can Democrats use upcoming hearings to dramatize what’s at stake--before November’s elections?
Politics and ‘incivility’ One Democrat wants Trump aides confronted in public over separating immigrant families. But her party’s leaders call that “incivility.” The question is: does moderation accomplish real change -- or is it a smokescreen for the status quo? When it comes to achieving racial equality, what’s worked and what hasn’t?
Family migration and the politics of incivility Separating immigrant families at the border may be something new, but the US has never extended the “Good Neighbor Policy” to Central America. Clinton and Bush discouraged newcomers, and Obama was called, “Deporter in Chief.” We’ll provide context ignored in mainstream media coverage.
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