An op-ed in the New York Times from an unnamed Trump administration official has set off a firestorm.
‘Unsung Hero’ or ‘Gutless’ Wonder?
“Gutless” and “treason?” are some of the words President Trump has for an unnamed senior Trump administration official who wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times alleging that officials throughout the administration are working as “unsung heroes” to thwart the president’s “ill-informed,” “impulsive” and “erratic” instincts and “amorality.” The author also says that members of Trump’s Cabinet early on considered and rejected invoking the 25th Amendment to begin a process to remove him from office. Trump reacted angrily to the piece, questioning whether the source existed and demanding that the New York Times “turn him/her over to government at once!” It came just after excerpts released from Bob Woodward’s book “Fear” portrayed “an administrative coup d’etat” and a “nervous breakdown” of the executive branch.
The president’s fate also loomed large at Day 2 of the confirmation hearing for Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who refused to detail his views on executive power, including whether a president can be ordered to answer questions in a criminal investigation. Kavanaugh also left uncertain his position on abortion but defended his broad view of gun rights and skepticism of federal regulatory agencies. The hearing continues today.
Kavanaugh wasn’t the only one getting grilled on Capitol Hill. Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey heard plenty of complaints about their platforms from lawmakers, who hinted that industry regulations may be coming. Notably absent from the proceedings: Google, which declined to send its parent company’s chief executive. Notably present, outside the hearing: InfoWars host Alex Jones, who tangled with Sen. Marco Rubio. Afterward, the Justice Department said Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions would be looking into “a growing concern that these companies may be hurting competition and intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas.”
A Place to Call Home Temporarily
It was over budget and a couple months late, but the first in the city of L.A.’s string of multimillion-dollar temporary homeless shelters is set to open Monday in the El Pueblo historic district. The $2.4-million cluster of trailers, part of the city’s A Bridge Home crisis housing project, will accommodate 45 people. Officials hope to open 15 bridge housing facilities by mid-2019.
-- Fixing the Oroville Dam spillway wrecked by storms in 2017 will cost $1.1 billion, a $455-million increase from initial estimates.
-- Actress Asia Argento, who is under investigation by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department after allegations she had sex with a minor, is now accusing the young actor of sexually attacking her in 2013.
French film noir has been called a “lost continent” of cinema, richly entertaining but rarely seen by American audiences. Critic Kenneth Turan says an eight-film series in Santa Monica, running today through the weekend, is a must-see.
Shawn Nee says he knows how to make one thing: double cheese smash burgers. Even then, “I don’t believe anybody when they tell me they like the burgers. I’m not a cook.” So how did a guy who holds down a union job on the TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal” create the sensation called Burgers Never Say Die — and where did he come up with that name?