FROM John Blank
Dow Jones Impact in Los Angeles? The world is watching for the impact of history's first downgrading of the credit rating of the United States. How important is it? How worried should Americans be? The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 634 points today, a loss of 5.55 percent. The NASDAQ dropped 175 points, losing 6.9 percent. John Blank, Deputy Chief Economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, considers the impact in Southern California.
'Carmageddon' Didn't Happen, Should We Do This More Often? Maybe drivers in the capital of the car culture really do hate traffic after all. Threatened with " Carmageddon " this weekend, massive numbers stayed off the road. While they were gone, half the Mullholland Drive bridge was taken down --17 hours ahead of schedule--by a contractor who knew what it was doing. After all, Kiewit built the bridge in the first place.
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.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
White House flip flops: NATO, Syria and China In less than 100 days, President Trump has contradicted himself on a host of foreign policy issues — Syria, NATO, China and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Is it a strength — or a weakness — for the United States when the world of power politics never knows what to expect?