Conviction of ex-minister in Russia points to Kremlin infighting

A Russian court Friday sentenced a former economy minister to eight years in a high-security prison on accusations that he took a $2-million bribe from a Kremlin aide close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The trial against Alexei Ulyukayev points to what many analysts think could be signs… from latimes.com – Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/la-fg-russia-ulyukayev-20171215-story.html… Continue reading Conviction of ex-minister in Russia points to Kremlin infighting

Trump says Americans are ‘very, very angry’ at FBI before he pledges his support

President Trump gave a distinctly mixed message to the FBI on Friday, saying “people are very, very angry” about what they see as a political bias in the bureau but vowing unqualified support for law enforcement. “Well, it’s a shame what’s happened with the FBI,” Trump told reporters at the White… from latimes.com – Los… Continue reading Trump says Americans are ‘very, very angry’ at FBI before he pledges his support

How Alabama saved Obamacare and other effects of an upset

The election of Doug Jones as the first Democratic senator from Alabama in a generation did many things: It opened a realistic, although still difficult, path for Democrats to capture a Senate majority in 2018, it deepened the divide between the GOP establishment and the self-styled insurgents… from latimes.com – Los Angeles Times http://www.latimes.com/la-pol-essential-politics-20171215-story.html

California begins licensing recreational marijuana sales next month. But most won’t see pot shops in their city anytime soon

California’s march to marijuana legalization hits its stride next month as the state begins issuing the first licenses for sales to recreational users. But most Californians won’t see pot shops springing up in their neighborhoods any time soon — and some may never see them in their communities. … from latimes.com – Los Angeles Times… Continue reading California begins licensing recreational marijuana sales next month. But most won’t see pot shops in their city anytime soon

Jonathan Saunders resigns as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg

Jonathan Saunders has resigned from his position as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg, the company said in a statement on Friday. The news comes days after von Furstenberg told WWD she plans to sell a stake in her fashion company. The designer and chairwoman of the Council of Fashion… from latimes.com – Los… Continue reading Jonathan Saunders resigns as chief creative officer of Diane von Furstenberg