FROM Ben Svetkey
Point: Peering into the Eyes of a Celebrity and Learning… Nothing Benjamin Svetkey spent 20 years as a writer and celebrity interviewer for Entertainment Weekly. He spent thousands of hours talking with hundreds of movie stars, more time with Tom Cruise, he says, than with some of his own blood relatives. He got three hours to smoke stinky cigars with Jack Nicholson in the star's Picasso-filled mansion on LA's Mulholland Drive. So what are these world-class celebrities really like? The headline in Los Angeles Magazine says it all: " I Don't Know Jack ."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
In Janesville, WI, Middle America meets the new American dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn't prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. We hear what's happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.