FROM Mkhaimar Abusada
Reaction From Residents of Israel and Gaza Early in the conflict, we talked with an Israeli and a Palestinian about what wartime life was like for them. We check in again to discuss the conflict’s aftermath and their hopes for the ceasefire.
Living Amongst the Rockets Sadly, the death of four boys in Gaza is just one of too many tragic stories that continue to emerge from the hostilities between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Meanwhile, life goes on for both sides. We talk to an Israeli and a Palestinian about what their lives are like during the shelling.
What's at Stake for Israel and Hamas? No Israelis have been killed by rockets from Gaza, while the Palestinian death toll from retaliatory strikes is almost 100. But, despite efforts to broker a ceasefire, there’s no end in sight. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he’s had “good conversations” with world leaders, including President Obama. But he told reporters today “no international pressure will prevent” continued attacks on the Gaza Strip until there’s an end to rocket fire that’s come closer than ever to major Israeli cities.
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 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.
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?