FROM David Doan
LAPD Officers Stopped from Doing Overtime As Los Angeles tries to cope with mounting financial problems, Mayor Villaraigosa insists that furloughs and layoffs don't apply to public safety. But the LAPD is not immune from efforts to save money. Today's LA Times reports that a top homicide investigator sat idle for six weeks, not because he'd done anything wrong but because he'd racked up too much overtime. David Doan is Chief of Detectives.
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.
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.