FROM Deborah Ryan
Happy 50th Birthday, Barbie Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, introduced Barbie at the New York Toy Fair in 1959. Since then, Mattel has sold a billion Barbie dolls and influenced generations of American girls. Deborah Ryan chairs the Toy Department at the Otis College of Art and Design near LAX.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?