FROM Matt Ferner
Medical Marijuana, from LA City Hall to Capitol Hill Last month, Los Angeles voters approved Measure D , which was supposed to reduce the number of medical marijuana dispensaries from more than 1000 down to 135 or so. Some have shut down, but 945 still have registered to pay city taxes. That's good for two or three million dollars in revenue, but it's bad for some neighborhoods. And on Capitol Hill, a $1.1 trillion spending package Congress will vote on tomorrow contains a multitude of provisions, including conflicting passages about medical marijuana.
LAPD Refuses to Name Officer Who Killed Ezell Ford Police in Ferguson, Missouri, were reluctant to release the name of the officer who killed Michael Brown, but they did, despite concern for his safety. In Los Angeles, the LAPD has refused to reveal who killed Ezell Ford, whose parents say he was mentally ill. What’s the public reaction here?
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.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.