FROM Derek Cressman
Next Week's LA City Elections and Campaign Spending When the US Supreme Court decided the Citizens United case three years ago, it said corporations, labor unions and other special interest groups could spend unlimited amounts of money on independent political campaigns. Since then, campaign spending has skyrocketed to a grand total of $6 billion for last year's local, state and federal elected offices. Proposition C on next week's Los Angeles City ballot would send a message to Washington.
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.
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.