FROM Laura Faer
LAUSD to Reduce Arrest Rate on School Campus The Los Angeles Unified School District has announced new policies aimed at reducing arrest rates on campus. This school year, LAUSD police will no longer issue citations for most on-campus fights and other minor infractions like vandalism or cigarettes. Supporters say schools disproportionately target minority students for minor rule-breaking, and that young kids end up funneled into the juvenile court system rather than being dealt with on campus. Superintendant John Deasy supports the policy, saying the district is about graduation, not incarceration. But how will school officials ensure that students and teachers stay safe, and do they have the resources to deal with students who get into trouble?
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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?