FROM Adam Nagourney
New York Times draws fury for explaining LA to Angelenos The New York Times yesterday published a front page story that portrayed Southern California as a place of aimless urban sprawl, no civic institutions, and a newspaper in turmoil. Angelenos used choice words to bash the article on Twitter. Some pointed out factual errors. Others said it was another example of The New York Times describing LA as an inferior city.
How the GOP tax plan could affect Californians The House is expected to vote tomorrow on the Republican tax plan. California would be especially hard hit by that plan, which could affect the housing market, tech employees, and those who take state and local tax deductions. Critics say that’s part of a larger Republican strategy to target California, the self-anointed center of the Trump resistance.
All LAUSD Schools Closed Due to Terror Threat Almost 700,000 students in America's second largest school district were told to stay home today -- when almost 1000 schools were closed because of a terrorist threat deemed "credible" by Superintendent Ramon Cortines.
Body Camera Footage and the Latest LAPD Skid Row Shooting This past Sunday, Los Angeles police officers wearing body cameras killed an unarmed black man. Cell phones were focused on the incident, too. Protesters gathered today at the site of Sunday's fatal shooting and marched to headquarters of the LAPD. Just yesterday, President Obama called for "prompt action to change police practices across the country — in the aftermath of police shootings in Ferguson, Missouri, Staten Island, New York and Cleveland, Ohio. Speaking to the media yesterday, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck addressed the abundance of video evidence from surveillance cameras to cell phones to footage recorded by the officers themselves. "There are also two officers with body cameras, and that offers a unique perspective that we believe will be crucial to determining the propriety of the officers' actions. And I know that the media would love to have that video and it would certainly serve the purposes of the media cycle, but at this point in the investigation, it would not be proper for us to release it." Adam Nagourney, Los Angeles Bureau Chief for the New York Times , has more on the story.
Jerry Brown's Last Stand Jerry Brown was Governor of California from 1974 until 1982. When he ran again last year at age 72, entertainment magnate David Geffen asked him, "Why do you want to put yourself through this much pain at this point of your life?" When he took office in January, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said he was "facing as tough a challenge as any incoming governor; the task before him is ominous." That's according to an article by Adam Nagourney in this coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine .
Arizona, the Latest Battleground over Illegal Immigration Success in closing the border in Texas and California has pushed more illegal crossings to Arizona, creating high anxiety in the southern part of that state. Arizona officials claim there's a lack of federal protection, and the new law requires local police to detain anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. The law won't go into effect until this summer, but already court challenges are being planned.
Arizona Sets Off Another Immigration Dust Up Efforts to close the border in Texas and California have pushed more illegal crossings to Arizona, creating high anxiety in the southern part of that state. After years of frustration, Arizona has enacted a tough new law that requires local police to detain anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. The law won't go into effect until this summer, but it's already ignited political fireworks from Washington to Mexico City. Two presidents and countless other officials are for and against the measure, but nobody expects any action from Congress in an election year. Today court challenges are being announced based on civil rights and the federal supremacy clause of the Constitution. With more than 10 million undocumented workers in the US already and more on the way, questions are being raised that have no easy answers.
AIG Audaciously Issues 165 Million Dollars in Bonus Payments Yesterday, Obama administration officials went on TV to deplore the revelation that $165 million in taxpayer dollars will be used for executive bonuses at the failed insurance giant AIG. Today, it was the President himself, who said AIG is in trouble due to “recklessness and greed.” Adam Nagourney is chief national political reporter for the New York Times .
New Year's Eve in Des Moines This New Year's Eve is almost the eve of the Iowa Caucuses , the first time Americans will record their preferences for the presidential candidates of 2008. In the competition between states to be first to go, Iowa ended up on January 3. For almost 30 years, political reporters have complained about Iowa's winter weather and about Des Moines, the grimy, decrepit capitol of that Midwestern state. But Adam Nagourney of the New York Times says he's looking forward to New Year's Eve in a Des Moines that has been transformed.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.