FROM Steven Greenhut
Indictment Clouds Future of LA Sheriff Indicted on federal charges of mail fraud, witness tampering and conspiracy, the Sheriff pleaded not guilty yesterday. Today, after insisting he’d stay on the job, he said he’ll take a sixty-day leave of absence to fight the charges.
Proposition 90 and Eminent Domain Both sides call the last proposition on the ballot a “sleeper.” The money spent for and against it is small by this year’s standards, and there has not been a lot of debate--even though it could make a big difference for property owners or taxpayers, depending on which side you’re on. Proposition 90 would make it harder for local governments to take private property for public purposes and increase compensation for economic losses due to new laws or regulations.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?