Today: President Trump, Who You Gonna Call? – Los Angeles Times
President Trump, Who You Gonna Call?
That rumbling from the White House? It could be President Trump’s cellphone set on vibrate, considering how he’s reportedly been handing out his number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly. It could be that mysterious word “covfefe.” More likely it’s the rumors of a staff shake-up, as the president’s approval numbers remain low and the Russia investigations deepen. Communications director Mike Dubke is out, with speculation others could follow. Potentially coming in: a war room including former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski to, um, push back more aggressively against negative coverage.
Adam Schiff’s Short, Strange Trip to the White House
Rep. Adam Schiff is staying mum about the contents of the documents Trump invited him to see at the White House in March, but he’s talking about the trip itself. The congressman from Burbank says he ran into trouble soon after arriving at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., with lawyers wanting to shut out his staff director. Then, the president beckoned. “He said, ‘Are you getting everything you need?’ and I said, ‘Well, no, actually I’m not.’ ” And in Schiff’s telling, that’s not the only thing that got weird.
Fill in the blanks: The Republican Party stands for _______, while the Democratic Party stands for _______. Not so easy, is it? At least that’s how strategists from different parts of the political spectrum see it. Given what happened at two key party gatherings in California over the last couple of weeks, both parties seem adrift. As Times political analyst Cathleen Decker writes, “part of the reason is the magnetic power of Trump, who has attracted Republicans and repelled Democrats with such force that the parties often seem to be defined solely in relation to him, for or against.”
— This graphic offers a guide to every Russia investigation happening right now.
— A man investigating working conditions at a Chinese company that produces Ivanka Trump-brand shoes has reportedly been arrested and two others are missing.
— “Even the ‘good hombres’ are not safe”: A federal judge slammed Trump’s policies, while lamenting he could not stop the deportation of a successful businessman.
Rest Easy After That Missile Defense Test? Hmmm
Protecting the United States from a limited nuclear attack by a rogue nation such as North Korea isn’t easy. It’s been likened to hitting one speeding bullet with another. Previous trials of the system designed to do so showed it to be less than dependable, despite a price tag topping $40 billion. But U.S. officials are hailing yesterday’s test of a tweaked system as “an incredible accomplishment,’’ after a rocket launched from California destroyed a target warhead fired into space from across the Pacific. Here’s what to make of it.
A 30,000-Square-Foot Cliffhanger in Bel-Air
Developer Mohamed Hadid’s daughters are supermodels; his fiancée stars on a reality TV show; and his Instagram account describes him as “Creator of my own Dream World.” For some neighbors of his unfinished project in the hills of Bel-Air, the dream is more like a nightmare — a 30,000-square-foot mega-mansion looming above, sparking worries that it could come crashing down. Hadid pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges brought by the city of L.A. over complaints that the home was not properly permitted. But the structure’s fate is far from certain.
— See an interceptor missile launch in a test at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
— Why a single mother dropped out of the workforce.
— Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes continues to give back to his community.
— The Inglewood police officers who fatally shot a young couple, firing 20 bullets into them as they appeared to be unconscious in a parked car, are no longer officers in the city.
— A man suspected of raping and killing two women in Lincoln Heights and dumping their bodies by freeways six years ago has been arrested.