The Politics of Fighting ISIS

President Obama made a case last night for carrying out a campaign of airstrikes in Syria to fight the radical Islamist group ISIS, also known as ISIL, or the Islamic State. How much was his speech about national security, and how much was it about domestic politics? Next, federal agents raided 75 businesses and homes all over Los Angeles yesterday, in a crackdown on alleged money laundering for Mexican drug cartels. The raids particularly targeted the downtown Fashion District: why? Then, in our recurring cars segment, we hear about the self-driving car. Next up, film: What’s the psychology behind watching the same movies over and over, and why doesn’t Los Angeles have a world-class film festival? Finally, we look at how the business of fantasy football affects the game of real football.

Banner Image: U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a live televised address to the nation on his plans for military action against the Islamic State, from the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington September 10, 2014. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool