FROM Eli Silverman
Violent Crime Is Rising in Los Angeles — at Least on Paper In Los Angeles, for the first time in 12 years, violent crime increased in 2014. Aggravated assaults were up 24%. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck says better record keeping could be part of the reason. The Department uses the Compstat system introduced by former Chief Bill Bratton — and the LA Times recently discovered that the number of serious violent crimes had been under-reported . Is the city more dangerous…or is there a math problem?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.