FROM Missy Ryan
Libya Today Since the American-led military operation that ended with the death of Muammar Ghadaffi, Libya has devolved into chaos. Two feuding governments are fighting for power which has encouraged ISIS and other militant groups to move in. It’s so dangerous now, there is no U.S. ambassador there.
US General Testifies about Kunduz Hospital Bombing After the bombing of a hospital in Afghanistan, Doctors Without Borders has accused the US military of a war crime. Today in Washington, the commander of US and allied forces appeared before a Senate committee. Army General John F. Campbell testified , "On Saturday morning our forces provided close air support to Afghan forces at their request. To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fires was a US decision made within the US chain of command. A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility." Missy Ryan, Pentagon reporter for the Washington Post , has an update.
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?
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.