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Tuesday
Jul252017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Rep. Adam Schiff: "California's Rep. Adam Schiff gets a Trump nickname: 'Sleazy'"; "Schiff responds to Trump's 'sleazy' tweet"; "'The problem is how often you watch TV': Top Democrat responds to Trump calling him 'sleazy'"; "Schiff fires back at Trump: Your comments, actions 'beneath the dignity of the office'" ....

Tuesday
Jul252017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions?: "Troubles deepen for Atty. Gen Jeff Sessions as Trump calls him 'very weak' on Clinton emails"; "Trump on Sessions' future: 'Time will tell"; "Trump Won't Say if He Will Fire Sessions"; also, commentary (Chris Cillizza), "Donald Trump's public bullying of Jeff Sessions is embarrassing" ....  

***Sampling of coverage:  President Donald Trump, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions....

* POLITICO (Louis Nelson, Nolan McCaskill):  "Trump on Sessions' future: 'Time will tell'" - "The president refuses to say whether he'll fire his attorney general, even as he steps up attacks on him."

* Los Angeles Times (Joseph Tanfani):  "Troubles deepen for Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions as Trump calls him 'very weak' on Clinton emails"

* Wall Street Journal:  "Trump Won't Say if He Will Fire Sessions" - "'I'm very disappointed in Jeff Sessions,' president says in interview"

***ALSO:

* CNN (Chris Cilliza):  "Donald Trump's public bullying of Jeff Sessions is embarrassing"

Tuesday
Jul252017

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Southern California): Los Angeles, "As RV towing resumes in L.A., officials say program won't 'target homeless'"; OC, "Anaheim Considers 'Sunshine Ordinance' And Restrictions on Lobbyists"; L.A. County, "Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca asks 9th Circuit to let him remain free during appeal"; San Diego, "New San Diego legislation aims to solve housing crisis" ....  

***Various items relating to local issues/local government, in and around Southern California....

* Voice of OC:  "Anaheim Considers 'Sunshine Ordinance' And Restrictions on Lobbyists"

* San Diego Union-Tribune:  "New San Diego legislation aims to solve housing crisis"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca asks 9th Circuit to let him remain free during appeal"

* Daily News:  "As RV towing resumes in L.A., officials say program won't 'target homeless'"

Monday
Jul242017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, various reports: "GOP despairs at inability to deliver"; "Trump's options on Russia probe: Discredit, pardon, fire"; "Steve Bannon's disappearing act"; also, "Trump Say He Has 'Complete Power' to Pardon" ....  

***Donald Trump presidency, various reports....

* POLITICO (Eliana Johnson, Josh Dawsey):  "GOP despairs at inability to deliver" - "The party's failure to repeal Obamacare amid West Wing chaos has GOPers frustrated they're squandering power."

* POLITICO (Darren Samuelsohn):  "Trump's options on Russia probe: Discredit, pardon, fire" - "When it comes to responding to the Russia probe, Trump and his advisers do not have many options. And the ones they have carry big political risks."

* POLITICO (Eliana Johnson, Annie Karni):  "Steve Bannon's disappearing act" - "Once dubbed 'The Great Manipulator,' Trump's senior adviser steps back in bid to save his job."

***ALSO:

* New York Times (Peter Baker):  "Trump Says He Has 'Complete Power' to Pardon"

Monday
Jul242017

L.A. CITY HALL: Satirical humor ("The Regardie Report" - Jon Regardie): "President Garcetti's Olympics Opening Speech" ....

***Satirical humor, Jon Regardie, "The Regardie Report" ....

* Downtown News ("The Regardie Report"):  "President Garcetti's Olympics Opening Speech" - "It's the Start of the 2028 Games, and Gov. Elon Musk and Plenty of Others are in the Crowd" - From the DTN:

DTLA - "Now, to open the 2028 Los Angeles Summer Olympics, we welcome the President of the United States, Eric Garcetti.”

Loud cheers from the assembled masses as President Garcetti, with his distinguished gray hair, smart dark suit and blue rubber wristband to demonstrate support for survivors of May’s devastating Oregon tornadoes (darn climate change), steps to the podium. He basks in the adulation, waves, and waits for the crowd to quiet. He speaks.

“Thank you Los Angeles. Thank you so much. It’s a pleasure to be back with you today. I’ll always remember the five years I served as your mayor as a great time in my life. It’s exciting to see so many familiar faces. As I look down at the front row I see Governor Elon Musk, California Attorney General Mike Feuer, and my friend the musician Moby, whom I appointed as our nation’s first-ever Secretary of Music and Culture shortly after being elected president in 2024. And it’s a pleasure to see the star of the Netflix political dating show ‘The Affairs of State,’ Antonio Villaraigosa — Antonio, keep lighting up screens with that megawatt smile.

“I’m thrilled to see my partner in winning the Games, Casey Wasserman — Casey, thank you again for your hard work, and for buying the Los Angeles Times in 2023 after Tronc leader Michael Ferro’s fatal case of explosive dysentery, and for hiring actual human reporters instead of the robot newsgatherers Tronc had installed. Sitting with Casey is another billionaire, Gavin Newsom. Gavin, you may have failed to win the governor’s race in 2010, 2018, 2022 and 2026, but you have succeeded in hiring 24,000 Californians through your PlumpJack empire of wineries, resorts and iPhone rehab centers. Your story is California’s story.

“Other friends are with us, too. We’re joined by Los Angeles City Attorney Paul Krekorian and City Council President Kevin de Leon. Also here is ex-City Council President, and now the owner of SuperSofas.com Herb Wesson. And we’re happy to have former California Secretary of State and current Uber CEO Alex Padilla.

“Of course, I always welcome the opportunity to return to Los Angeles so I can be with my wife, Mayor Amy Wakeland. Amy, you’ve been a fantastic leader of this city these last two years, following the terms of Mayor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Your skill in annexing Pasadena, Long Beach and Beverly Hills have made Los Angeles a more vibrant and exciting city. Love ya.

“Tonight we are excited about our American athletes ......................