FROM David Janssen
A New CEO for Los Angeles County? LA County is run by five elected supervisors , four of whom find it a cumbersome, inefficient way to do business. Yesterday, after voters turned down a proposal to create a County Mayor, supervisors endorsed another plan . With voter approval, the County’s Chief Administrative Officer will be given the power to oversee all department heads. Supervisors will be governed by a "non-intrusion" clause that bars them from issuing orders to county employees. The current CAO, David Janssen, tried to retire this year after 10 years in office, but qualified replacements turned down the job, in part because the limitations posed by the current structure.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?