FROM Jamiles Lartey
How common is 'suicide by cop?' LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck told reporters Thursday that 16-year-old Danny Perez, who was shot and killed by police Sunday in South Los Angeles, had a “desire to end his own life.” Police opened fire on Perez after they say he pointed a gun at them, which investigators determined was a fake. Police say that Perez wanted the police to shoot him; in other words, suicide by cop. How often does that happen?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.