FROM Matt Pearce
Who was Steve Paddock? Stephen Paddock was the man who killed at least 58 country-music concert-goers in Las Vegas on Sunday. What more do we know? Sheriff Joe Lombardo says he was leading a "secret life." Paddock’s surviving brother Eric, struggles to understand. He called his brother a gambler, but said that, "Steve took care of the people he loved. He helped make me and my family wealthy. He's the reason I was able to retire three years ago when I got really burned out doing the job that I did. I mean this is the Steve we know, we knew." Matt Pearce, national reporter for the Los Angeles Times , says new information that has come to light raises more questions than answers.
ACLU puts limits on defending extremists gathering with guns After Charlottesville, the ACLU takes another look at free speech and violence. In 1934, Jewish lawyers with the American Civil Liberties Union famously defended the free speech of Nazis in the United States. In 1978, the ACLU supported a Nazi march in Skokie, Illinois, even though it was home to many holocaust survivors. Last week's Unite the Right demonstration in Charlottesville took place after the ACLU defended its right to a permit when authorities tried to deny it. In the aftermath, California affiliates of the ACLU are saying, "White supremacist violence is not free speech." Matt Pearce, who reports for the Los Angeles Times , says the civil rights group will no longer defend white supremacists who come to rallies armed and prepared to incite violence.
Trump's failed foray into Los Angeles development Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tried multiple times to make his mark on the LA real estate scene. In 1989, he vowed to build the tallest building in the world on the site of the old Ambassador Hotel. In 2000, he partnered with a small Native American tribe in the Coachella Valley to build a casino there. And in 2003, he put in a bid to lead the redevelopment of Grand Avenue. And each project saw Donald Trump on the losing end of the deal.
Backlash in Blue Eric Garner in New York, Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Tamir Rice in Cleveland are just a few of the African Americans whose deaths at the hands of police last year sparked a nationwide protest movement. The unrest and anger over police brutality and racial profiling has recently spilled over into threats and violent attacks by individuals against police on the beat -- including the shooting deaths of two Brooklyn officers three weeks ago. Once on the defensive, now police across the country are aggressively speaking out, in pro-police rallies, a drastic slowdown in New York in arrests, and a social media campaign, Blue Lives Matter , in support of law enforcement. What will this new phase in the national debate over race and policing bring?
Disney’s No-Fly Zone You’re probably familiar with the concept of the no-fly zone: It’s protected airspace over, say, sensitive military areas or the Kurdish areas of Iraq. But you might be surprised to learn there’s a no-fly zone over Disneyland in Anaheim, and one over Disney World in Florida. A lobbyist managed to get it to block banner advertising over the park. Is it an abuse of no-fly zones?
A Different Tone in Ferguson Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ronald Johnson is now in charge of public safety in Ferguson after days of protests that turned into violent confrontations with city police. The new officers took a less combative approach last night, marching along with demonstrators who are protesting the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.