FROM Joe Elferd
LA Finally Has a Marijuana Ordinance, but Story Is Far from Over San Francisco charges fees to dispensaries of medical marijuana. Voters in Oakland have approved a tax on sales. In both cities, increased regulation has kept the number of dispensaries small. But in Los Angeles, while the City Council wrangled for four and a half years, there was no regulation and hundreds of dispensaries have cropped up all over town. Just this week, an ordinance finally received Council approval.
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?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?