FROM Robert McDonald
LA's Homeless Veterans -- Can the VA House Them All? There may be 6000 homeless veterans in LA County — 2700 in the City of Los Angeles alone. After three years of litigation between civil rights groups and the Department of Veterans' Affairs, Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to house them before the end of this year. VA Secretary Robert McDonald is in town today to re-open one of the buildings that have long been empty on the VA's sprawling campus in West Los Angeles.
VA Settles Lawsuit over West LA Land Use 400 acres of West LA was dedicated to American veterans in 1888. Now, LA County has more homeless veterans than any place else in the country—some 4200 people. But it wasn’t until yesterday that the Veterans’ Administration announced settlement of a lawsuit demanding that they be housed on that property. The agreement is expected to produce what’s called an “exit strategy” for a hotel laundry, athletic facilities for a private school, and UCLA’s baseball field—all of which have been paying rent to the VA. Robert McDonald became Secretary of the Veteran’s Administration last July. Negotiations began last month.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?