FROM Adam Sieff
How Neighborhood Councils Could Save Los Angeles Today's election turnout undoubtedly will be very low, and that's a reminder that Los Angeles is a city so fragmented — complete with a mountain range down the middle — that self-government is a challenge. Two young men who grew up in different parts of Los Angeles didn't know each other until they went back east to college. Since then they've both worked on Capitol Hill, and are now second-year students at Stanford Law School. Adam Sieff, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, and Salvador Perez, who comes from View Heights neighborhood near LAX, recently collaborated on a blog post on LA Observed.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?