FROM Martin Cooper
Garcetti Warns Travelers, Conventioneers away from LAX Hilton LA City Council President Eric Garcetti has written a letter to past patrons of the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel , saying that a protracted labor dispute has involved "a mass civil disobedience action" with traffic blocked for three hours during rush hour. It warns, that could happen again, and urges event planners to boycott the Hilton and go somewhere else. The Daily News says that could well mean Anaheim or Las Vegas. The LA Times has editorialized against the letter, too. We hear from business, labor and Garcetti.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
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.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
"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."