FROM Nahal Toosi
State Dept. nervous about Trump's unconventional phone calls In a recent leaked call with France’s president, Trump reportedly went on a tirade about China and NATO. Phone conversations with other countries like Germany, Mexico and Russia have State Department officials concerned about the future of diplomacy.
Obama Slams Trump's View of America President Obama said today he didn't have time to watch the Republican convention, but he did have a response to Donald Trump's dark and stormy vision of contemporary America. Challenging Trump's assertion that the US is on the verge of collapse, the President emphasized, "We're not gonna make good decisions based on fears that don't have a basis in fact and that I think that is something, I hope, all Americans pay attention to." Nahal Toosi, who covers foreign affairs and politics for Politico , has more on the President's remarks.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyonce take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
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?
Previewing James Comey's blockbuster testimony Former FBI director James Comey testifies Thursday in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but his opening statement has been released. In it, he says he felt pressured by Donald Trump to declare loyalty to him and publicly clear him of any wrongdoing in the Russia investigation.