Hello. I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. A delicate problem -- call it known unknowns -- further complicates the Iran nuclear talks, and a renegade candidate nicknamed "El Bronco" makes history in Mexico. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.
World powers seeking a nuclear accord with Iran have pretty much nailed down deals to monitor its known nuclear sites. What if bomb-making work is being done secretly at "undeclared sites"? The U.S. and others want the right to make "challenge inspections" if they suspect funny business. We've been down this road with North Korea and Iraq. It didn't work out well.
"El Bronco" rides
He campaigned on horseback as "El Bronco." And what a ride. Now, Jaime Rodriguez is the first independent elected to a major office in modern Mexican history. He'll govern the important state of Nuevo Leon. It was a clear slap at the establishment by voters sick of corruption and violence. Still, the ruling party did well overall. "El Bronco's" real effect may not be known until the 2018 presidential race.
"Jerusalem" or "Israel"?
Menachem Zivotofsky was born in Jerusalem. His American parents wanted "Israel" on his passport. A 2002 law allows that, but presidents haven't gone along, for obvious political reasons. Now, the Supreme Court has sided with President Obama. No "Israel" on the passport. More important are implications for Congress and the president's power to decide foreign policy.
Careful What You Wish For
Obamacare could take a hit in the Supreme Court this month. That should cheer the healthcare overhaul's mostly Republican opponents. Problem is, millions of Americans in as many as 37 states could lose insurance they got in the federal marketplace. Republicans may find it harder to cheer that part, at least openly. Some quietly are hoping that the court leaves things as they are.
Turkey's "Sultan" Swatted
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was long a rising star. He challenged Turkey's shadowy military elite and was a darling of the West, in part for making nice with Israel. Then a strident Islamist streak surfaced: bellicose statements, jailed journalists, snubs at the West. Twitter was "evil." Now, voters have slapped down "The Sultan." Here's a look at a Turkish fall from glory.
-- A proposed route for the bullet train between San Fernando and Palmdale is running into a groundswell of opposition.
-- Cathleen Decker looks at L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti's approach to a challenge that has beset his predecessors: the tightrope walk between police and angry communities.
-- The VA unveils housing for homeless veterans in West Los Angeles.
-- Two Orange County men plead not guilty to charges they plotted to join Islamic State.
-- An L.A. Times book club panel of experts zeroes in on long-term water problems exposed by the drought.
-- Passings: Vincent Bugliosi, 80, successfully prosecuted Charles Manson and his followers for 1969 murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others. Mervin D. Field, 94, created a California opinion gauge that became the influential Field Poll.
-- A former South Carolina police officer is indicted in a deadly shooting caught on video.
-- The New York prison escape: "Shawshank" minus the redemption. Also, a look at how they did it.
-- Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, convicted in the death of his girlfriend in South Africa, could be released after serving 10 months.
-- A U.N. inquiry condemns spying, torture and other widespread abuse in Eritrea.
-- Apple officially announces Apple Music, its much-anticipated streaming service.
-- DreamWorks Animation and its Chinese partners bet big on "Kung Fu Panda 3."
-- Top chief executives lower their economic outlook.
-- More federal loan debt will be erased for former Corinthian Colleges students.
-- Tampa Bay takes control of the Stanley Cup Final with a 3-2 win over Chicago in Game 3.
-- Megan Rapinoe gives the U.S. a 3-1 victory over Australia in the women’s World Cup opener.
--The NCAA adopts new men's basketball rules, including a 30-second shot clock.
-- Eric Karros: 12 seasons, 270 homers -- and only four votes in the greatest Dodgers poll?
-- American Pharoah bettors walk away from almost $316,000, opting to hang on to bits of history.
-- The latest scores and stats.
-- The "Junk Dada" exhibition assembles Noah Purifoy's overlooked but pivotal works at the L.A. County Museum of Art.
-- Apple Music: A few things to know about the iTunes revamp.
-- "Matilda the Musical": The opening at the Ahmanson is a family affair.
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Wheels up: The California Sunday Magazine catches up with the country's best female skateboarder.
-- "Love and Mercy" complicates the myth of the doomed musician, from the Atlantic.
-- A Washington Post reporter relates what it was like covering Beau Biden's funeral.
ONLY IN CALIFORNIA
Fight Now, Pay Later: It used to be the other way around with traffic tickets. If you wanted to contest one, you first had to pay the ticket -- technically, bail. That could be costly, given state add-ons that push routine violations to $500. The poor are hit hardest. Many have lost licenses. Enough, state court leaders said. From now on, it's challenge first, pay later -- in many cases a lot less.
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