I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Jeb Bush announces for president and hopes voters don't get hung up on the "dynasty" thing; and the Vatican appears to side with science on climate change. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today.
Jeb Bush met his first future president the day he was born and his second the day he was brought home from the hospital. A joke, sure, but it speaks to a potential "dynasty" image problem. Little wonder that father George H.W. and brother George W. weren't out front at his announcement for the GOP nomination. Jeb took pains to say a presidency is earned, not inherited.
Vatican Weather Report
The Vatican and science are often at odds. It took the church 350 years, after all, to get right with Galileo. Now, though, Pope Francis is siding with science on climate change. An encyclical is expected to say it's at least partly man-made, hurts the poor and needs urgent attention. Look for political gymnastics by conservatives, including some Republican presidential hopefuls.
How weird is this? A Republican urges Democrats "to come to their senses" -- and back President Obama. That's how it breaks down after House Democrats scuttled a key part of Obama's business-friendly Pacific trade deal. The White House is calling it a "snafu," but with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and even Hillary Rodham Clinton bucking Obama, it looks more serious.
The Power of Race
Rachel Dolezal resigned as president of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP after revelations that she was a white woman posing as black. Her brazen charade shocked some, bemused others and offended quite a few. As columnist Sandy Banks writes, it also raises deep questions about racial identity in America: what accounts for it, how much it matters and who gets to decide. And she doesn't think much of Dolezal's approach.
No Harm, No Foul?
In a high-profile trial at the heart of the 2008 financial meltdown, a federal judge ruled that regulators went too far in taking a huge stake in American International Group when they bailed it out. Then came the shocker: AIG was clearly toast anyway, the judge said, so he awarded no damages to shareholders or former CEO Maurice R. Greenberg. Greenberg had wanted $40 billion. Expect appeals.
-- The Los Angeles Fire Department is months, even years, behind on inspections of large apartment buildings, schools, hotels and churches, a Times investigation finds.
-- The state Supreme Court, citing an "epic" housing crisis, makes it easier for cities to require developers to sell some units at below-market rates.
-- It turns out Mayor Eric Garcetti was attending a D.C. fundraiser, among other things, as L.A. braced for a ruling in the police shooting of Ezell Ford.
-- A girl who lost consciousness after leaving a ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain last week has died.
-- Hordes of tiny red crabs invade Southern California beaches, and weird purple blobs wash ashore in the Bay Area.
-- It may be legal to smoke pot in Colorado, but the state's high court says you can still be fired for it.
-- Hillary Rodham Clinton calls for preschool for all children.
-- Al Qaeda confirms its second in command was killed in a U.S. drone strike.
-- Sudan's president, wanted on genocide charges, flouts an arrest warrant and flees home from South Africa.
-- CVS is buying Target's pharmacy business for about $1.9 billion.
-- San Francisco-based Gap plans to close 175 of its stores.
-- The Chicago Blackhawks win hockey's Stanley Cup, defeating Tampa Bay 2-0 in Game 6.
-- Masters champion Jordan Spieth's caddie is getting more attention than he is as the golf world gathers for the U.S. Open.
-- The San Diego Padres fire Manager Bud Black.
-- The latest scores and stats.
-- After a retreat from "Lizzie McGuire" fame, Hilary Duff is back with a new show, "Younger," and album, "Breathe In. Breathe Out."
WHAT OUR EDITORS ARE READING
-- Pesticides in pot: Oregonlive.com looks at lax state rules that let it slip through.
-- Where sea and land meet: Norway's dramatic new banknotes (snohetta.com)
-- NextCity: Ten years after Hurricane Katrina, a public housing promise is still unfulfilled.
ONLY IN L.A.
Silver Lake Reservoir is about to go down the drain so that crews can build a new water pipeline under it. What better time for a look at the interesting history of an L.A. gem? Why was it created? How was it named? And what was revealed the last time it was drained, also during a drought?
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