FROM Seema Mehta
A Political Earthquake Heading for Los Angeles County LA County is bigger than many American states and each of the five County Supervisors represents more than two million people. Their districts are so big and complex that election to four-year terms has made them almost impossible to challenge. The five current incumbents have office for a total of 100 years. But, in 2002, voters approved limits of three terms, or 12 years in office. For Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina , next year is the end of the line. While state legislative districts are now reapportioned by an independent commission, boards of supervisors do that job themselves. LA County's drew new lines in 2011, but Gloria Molina and Mark Ridley-Thomas raised minority voting rights issues. Now there are demands for the US Department of Justice to step in.
Who's Backing Whom in the Race for LA Mayor? The runoff election for Los Angeles mayor is seven weeks from today, and the two remaining candidates, both Democrats, are in midst of dueling endorsements. Basketball legend Magic Johnson tossed his ball into Wendy Greuel's court, as did former President Bill Clinton . Today, Republican Kevin James, who came in third in the primary, endorsed Eric Garcetti . Seema Mehta, who's covering the race for the Los Angeles Times , joins us for an update.
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."