Photo: President Donald Trump holds up an executive order on "energy independence," eliminating Obama-era climate change regulations, during a signing ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters in Washington, March 28, 2017. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
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Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates -- a holdover from the Obama Administration -- was prevented from testifying when House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes cancelled a public hearing scheduled for today. But President Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, denied a Washington Post report that the White House was trying to keep her quiet.
Meanwhile, Nunes has refused Democrats' call for him to recuse himself from the investigation. Cybersecurity reporter Eric Geller is following developments for Politico.
The EPA and other agencies can now ignore rising seas, ocean acidification, heat waves and drought — which most scientists attribute to climate change. President Trump doesn't accept it, and he's revoking Obama Administration limits on the oil and coal industries in the interests of "energy independence." Several states plan to fight him every step of the way, and economics now favor energy from natural gas, the sun and the wind. We hear what's next for the Clean Power Plan, the Paris Agreements and the strengths and limits of presidential power.
Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times (@tatertatiana)
Chris Davis, Washington State Office of Energy and the Environment (@GovInslee)
Nicolas Loris, Heritage Foundation (@niconomistloris)
Andrew Light, World Resources Institute / George Mason University (@andrwlight)
Schlossberg on Trump's order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan
Loris on Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement
World Resources Institute on why rolling back the Clean Power Plan is a losing proposition for US
Dozens of Iraqi civilians were buried alive and calling for help this weekend in the city of Mosul, where the death toll could reach 200. Iraqi soldiers say that reflects President Trump's increase in troop strength and the frequency of air strikes against the forces of ISIS. US officers say there's been no change that increases the risk to civilians. That's according to Tim Arango of the New York Times who joins us from Erbil.
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Imprisoning our mentally ill? American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?
Did Trump get conned by Kim? Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.
Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway? California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?
The politics of prison reform Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?
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