■The costs of providing travel and security for President Trump and his family on various trips have exceeded $11 million in a month, including three weekend trips to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and trips taken by his sons Eric and Donald Jr. to promote the family business abroad. In addition, it costs about $500,000 a day to provide security to Melania and Barron Trump while they live in Trump Tower. During President Obama’s eight years in office, his travel expenses totaled $97 million—a figure Trump could surpass in a year.
The Washington Post
■Though crime is at historic lows in much of the nation, including New York City and Los Angeles, murder rates in four big cities—Chicago, Baltimore, Milwaukee, and Memphis—have returned to levels not seen since the 1990s. Criminologists blame drug gangs, a flood of guns, high unemployment, and a breakdown of trust between the communities and police.
The Wall Street Journal
■Los Angeles was the most congested city in the world last year, with the average driver wasting 104 hours sitting in traffic in the city in 2016. Moscow and New York City came in second and third.
■To build a wall at the Mexican border, the federal government would need to buy or condemn thousands of pieces of private property. A 2006 attempt to build a 700-mile-long fence at the border bogged down over 120 lawsuits by landowners that are still in the courts.
The Wall Street Journal ■