Photo: Pro-Trump supporters walk near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum ahead of an expected visit by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 4, 2017. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
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Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership, as John Kerry said, or it’s a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty. How are Trump supporters responding? For some in Southern California, climate change is not their priority.
California’s cap-and-trade program sets limits for emissions, and businesses must buy permits if they exceed them. California state lawmakers debated the future of this program Thursday, along with other bills that would end Daylight Saving Time, delay the start of the school day, and add “gender non-binary” as an option on official documents like driver’s licenses. We look at what bills passed and died in the legislature last night.
The Trump administration wants the Supreme Court to decide whether the travel ban is legal. It asked the court to immediately overturn a decision by the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. As with so many cases that go before the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy is likely to be a swing vote. One close court watcher has written that Justice Kennedy may see this case as an “opportunity” to overturn Korematsu v. United States.
Our critics review the long-awaited “Wonder Woman” blockbuster, starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins; “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie,” based on a popular children’s book series; and “Band Aid,” about a couple who hopes to alleviate their marriage problems by forming a band together.
The New York Mets’ baseball-headed mascot - Mr. Met -- recently flipped off a fan. Reaction from the fans has been harsh, but there are some pockets of understanding.
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Could China be the first country to find aliens? China has built the world’s largest radio dish to search for extraterrestrial life. This comes at a time when an earth-sized planet has been discovered about 11 light years away. Will China discover extraterrestrials before the rest of us?
There Goes the Neighborhood LIVE: Solutions In this podcast bonus, four guests discuss solutions to high housing costs and gentrification in Los Angeles. Recorded live at the Central Library on Nov. 15 and moderated by "Press Play" host Madeleine Brand, this event was a companion to the KCRW-WNYC podcast series "There Goes the Neighborhood."
What is the Uranium One deal? The Uranium One deal was a big talking point among Trump supporters during the campaign, and now it’s back in the news. It revolves around the 2010 sale of a Canadian company called Uranium One to a Russian entity. Trump and other conservatives claim it was actually a shady play-to-pay scheme involving then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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