FROM Carolyn Kellogg
Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize for Literature Today, the Secretary of the Swedish Academy announced this year's Nobel Prize for Literature . It goes to a poet favored by President Obama and Salman Rushdie, but the winner is still a surprise: singer and song writer Bob Dylan . Asked why Dylan was chosen, the Secretary said, “the times they are a 'changin'…” We get perspective on the prize and the poet from Carolyn Kellogg, book editor of the Los Angeles Times , and from Kevin Dettmar, chair of the English Department at Pomona College and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan . Bob Dylan, onstage in Victoria-Gasteiz, at the Azkena Rock Festival in 2010 Photo by Alberto Cabello
GOP 'Nukes' the Senate filibuster on SCOTUS nominees Senate Democrats today blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch's appointment to the US Supreme Court… but just for the moment. The Republican majority has changed the rules to force a likely confirmation as soon as tomorrow.
"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."
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?