FROM Kate Kirkendall
The Federal Shutdown and Southern California Early this afternoon, Pacific Time, President Obama outlined the furloughs and other actions he'll implement if the House and the Senate can't agree to fund the government before the money runs out at midnight tonight. Southern California is a major population center that depends on the nation's capital in many ways. How will it be affected if the government shuts down?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
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.