FROM Yoni Appelbaum
Russia, China, and cyber security The White House sanctions Russia for meddling in the 2016 election. Why now? The move comes after Britain escalates its fight with the Kremlin over the suspected poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter on U.K. soil. Meanwhile, some experts argue China is better than Russia at infiltrating U.S. intelligence. How extensive is China’s spying network?
What's behind the secret messages between WikiLeaks and Trump Jr.? We look at the week in politics. Senator Al Franken had to apologize for inappropriate behavior. Donald Trump Jr. had been messaging with Wikileaks during the campaign. The House passed a tax cut that will affect nearly everyone.
How long will the romance between Trump and Democrats last? Washington, DC is still agog at the deal President Trump struck with Democrats to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling. Republicans are baffled and pointing fingers. Meanwhile, Democrats are scratching their heads -- and bracing for the return of Hillary Clinton and her book tour. The Hillary versus Bernie fight is alive and well.
Terror attacks, bombings and the presidential campaign Today's violent incidents have led to an exchange between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton about how to prevent acts of terror. This morning on a phone call to Fox News' Fox and Friends, Trump addressed how as President he would use profiling to try to prevent acts of terror. "[Israel has] done an unbelievable job…. They see someone that's suspicious and they will profile. They will take that person in. They check. Do we have a choice?" At a news conference this morning Hillary Clinton called Trump a " recruiting sergeant " for terrorists. "We also know from the former head of our counterterrorism center, Matt Olsen, that the kinds of rhetoric and language that Mr. Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries." Yoni Appelbaum, Politics Editor for the Atlantic, weighs the candidates' responses.
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?
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
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.