FROM Katie Woodworth
Are the Arts the Key to LA's Future? Cutting back on music and arts education has often been justified in favor of reading, writing and math. They're said to be more relevant to future employment. In Southern California, that argument is now less convincing than ever. A new business study shows that the local economy is no longer dominated by aerospace, tourism or international trade, but by the creative industries. Fashion, furniture, architecture and industrial design are part of the picture, too. All this suggests the importance of training public school kids in the creative arts. However another study , also released today, says California schools are failing to meet state standards. We look at this economic shift and hear how LA public schools measure up when it comes to music, dance, theater and the visual arts.
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.
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.