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Feb232017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, voter approval/ disapproval?: "Trump's disapproval rating keeps creeping up"; "Trump supporters applaud his deportation guidelines"; "Trump is losing his war with the meda"; "Republican Voters Trust Trump More Than GOP Leaders in Congress" ....  

***President Donald Trump, voter approval/disapproval?

* Washington Post (Aaron Blake):  "Trump is losing his war with the media"

* The Atlantic:  "Republican Voters Trust Trump More Than GOP Leaders in Congress" - "If Congressional Republicans challenge Trump, they risk a backlash from their base."

* POLITICO:  "Trump's disapproval rating keeps creeping up"

* Orange County Register:  "Trump supporters applaud his deportation guidelines"

Thursday
Feb232017

POLITICS/LEGAL: State Bar of California, former Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich: "State Bar of California seeks to discipline ex-L.A. city attorney Carmen Trutanich"; also, "State Bar Files Disciplinary Charges Against Former L.A. City Attorney for Prosecutorial Misconduct" .... 

* Los Angeles Times:  "State Bar of California seeks to discipline ex-L.A. city attorney Carmen Trutanich" - From the LAT:

The State Bar of California is seeking to discipline former Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich, claiming that as a county prosecutor he suppressed important evidence and allowed a witness to give false testimony during a 1985 murder case. Trutanich could face disbarment, suspension and other sanctions, depending on what the State Bar Court recommends.

The move toward disciplinary action comes less than a year after a federal judge threw out the 1985 case’s murder conviction and death sentence, ruling that Trutanich’s "deeply troubling" behavior during that case had deprived Barry Williams, a South L.A. gang member, of a fair trial.

Trutanich, then a member of the hardcore gang unit of the L.A. County district attorney's office, successfully sought the death penalty against Williams, who was accused of shooting and killing Jerome Dunn in 1982. Trutanich often used the case in describing his record on crime as he campaigned for elected office. But the disciplinary notice claims that ....................

***ALSO:

* State Bar of California:  "State Bar Files Disciplinary Charges Against Former L.A. City Attorney for Prosecutorial Misconduct"

Thursday
Feb232017

POLITICS/SPORTS (National, International): 2024 Summer Olympics: "Budapest Withdrawss Bid to Host 2024 Olympics"; "2024 Olympics: Budapest to drop bid to host Games"; "Budapest to withdraw bid for 2024 Olympics, leaving L.A. and Paris as only contenders" ....

***2024 Summer Olympics, Los Angeles and Paris only remaining contending bidders....

* New York Times:  "Budapest Withdraws Bid to Host 2024 Olympics"

* USA Today (AP):  "Budapest to withdraw bid to host 2024 Summer Olympics"

* BBC:  "2024 Olympics: Budapest to drop bid to host Games"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Budapest to withdraw bid for 2024 Olympics, leaving L.A. and Paris as only contenders"

Thursday
Feb232017

POLITICS/MEDIA (National): President Donald Trump, denunciations of hatred? anti-Semitism? : "Things got very UGLY on CNN last night" ....

* Washington Post (Callum Borchers):  "Things got very UGLY on CNN last night" - From the WP:

CNN commentator Kayleigh McEnany posed a simple question to Steven Goldstein, the Anne Frank Center's executive director, on Tuesday night: “You think the president does not like Jews and is prejudiced against Jews?” Goldstein's response was unequivocal: “You bet.”

So began an intense exchange on CNN's “Out Front” that escalated when McEnany suggested that President Trump cannot be anti-Semitic because his daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism when she married Jared Kushner. “Does he hate his daughter?” McEnany asked. “Does he hate his son-in-law?”

“You know what, Kayleigh?” Goldstein shot back. “I am tired of commentators like you on the right trotting out his daughter, trotting out his son-in-law as talking points against the president's anti-Semitism. They are Jewish, but that is not a talking point against anti-Semitism, and that is a disgrace. Have you no ethics?”

Anchor Erin Burnett eventually cut in to say that “it is true that when someone is close to somebody they can see them differently [than] they see others. … If you look at what happens throughout history, that's certainly been true with anti-Semitism and many other things.”

The back-and-forth over Kushner and Ivanka Trump's Jewishness made good television, but the real substance of the disagreement between McEnany and Goldstein came down to a recurring question about Trump: Are his denunciations of hatred good enough? .................

Thursday
Feb232017

POLITICS/URBAN AFFAIRS (San Gabriel Valley): Arcadia, San Marino, real estate, luxury homes, Chinese buyers?: "Mega-mansions in this L.A. suburb used to sell to Chinese buyers in days. Now they're sitting empty for months" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Mega-mansions in this L.A. suburb used to sell to Chinese buyers in days. Now they're sitting empty for months" - From the LAT:

The mansion on Fallen Leaf Road in the secluded Upper Rancho neighborhood of Arcadia has all the trappings a wealthy buyer from China could want: a crystal chandelier in the entryway, marble floors, a home theater outfitted with a dozen reclining leather chairs and, naturally, a fortuitous eight bedrooms and eight bathrooms. At $9.8 million, the recently built property is a relative bargain. A similar-sized home in Beijing would cost twice as much. Yet two months after it was placed on the market, the house remains unsold.

Not long ago, real estate like this would have been snapped up almost immediately. “It would have been gone in two weeks with multiple offers,” said Dee Chou, the property’s listing agent. Other real estate agents in the area report luxury homes geared toward Chinese buyers taking up to half a year to unload. “All agents are crying that the money isn’t coming,” said Sanne Lee, an agent for A + Realty & Mortgage in Rowland Heights. At the same time, high-end home seekers who plan to take out loans now have a fighting chance as they compete against a smaller pool of cash buyers.

The turnaround in activity, industry officials say, is directly linked to policies in China. The San Gabriel Valley, long the destination of Chinese home buyers looking to provide their families a better living environment as well as safeguard their wealth in American assets, is feeling the effects of Beijing’s crackdown on capital flight ..................