FROM Chuck Reed
San Jose Mayor Pushes for Pension Reform Vallejo, Stockton and San Bernardino have declared bankruptcy, but they're not the only California cities in dire financial straits. Several others say they can't afford police, parks and other basic services because they're paying so much into workers' retirement plans. The Wall Street Journal says San Jose is the nation's richest major city, but that it's threatened with bankruptcy because of public-pension obligations. Mayor Chuck Reed is a Democrat who's willing to challenge organized labor with a proposal for next year's statewide ballot.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
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.
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.
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.