FROM Michael Mark Cohen
Do alt-right provocateurs deserve to be heard at UC Berkeley? Conservative writer Ben Shapiro is speaking at UC Berkeley tonight, and the campus is bracing for more violent protests. Shapiro’s visit comes ahead of Berkeley’s Free Speech Week that begins Sept. 24. More than a dozen speakers are scheduled to make appearances, including Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter, and Milo Yiannopoulos. Berkeley has already suffered clashes between far-right groups and the left. A lot of people would like to see these speeches cancelled by the university. But the University’s new chancellor, Carol Christ, says she believes “very strongly in Ben Shapiro’s right to speak on campus.”
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?