FROM Denny Schneider
Safety, Capacity and the Ongoing Battle for LAX’s North Side Marion Blakey, head of the FAA , was in town today at the request of the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce . It wants Los Angeles International Airport expanded so that LA can stay competitive with other West Coast cities. Passenger safety is also an issue, especially after two jet airliners came within 37 feet of each other last week on the northern part of the airport. We begin the show with Ian Gregor, a spokesman for Marion Blakey.
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.
Does 'hire American' mean fire a foreigner? US companies are allowed to hire employees from other countries with highly developed skills that can't be found here. President Trump says it's being abused as a way to find cheap foreign labor. We hear about the benefits—and the risks—of changing the H-1B program.
"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."